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UPD Foreign national, 46, arrested for wildfire in Ilia on Sunday

A 46-year-old foreign national was arrested by police in Pyrgos, following charges by the Fire Service that he accidentally caused a fire in the Frixa area in Andritsena-Krestena, in Ilia Predecture in South-West Peloponnese. The man will be led before a prosecutor on Tuesday morning, athensnewsagency reported. The nationality of …

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Villages evacuated at night as wildfires rage in Ilia (videos)

Firefighters worked all through the night, and areal means started operation early Monday morning to take the raging wildfire in the areas of Frixa and Skyllountia, in Ilia Peloponnese,  under control. The fire broke out on Sunday afternoon near the archaeological site of Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Olympic …

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“Landscapes in the Mist” as Sahara dust and extreme fog strike Crete (pictures)

Sahara dust and extreme mist have covered the north part of the island of  Crete, leading to cancellation of several flights on Saturday morning. “We have turned into London!” write local media stressing the rare weather phenomenon affects the northern parts of the island. All airports have been facing problems …

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Under the sea: Fighting Greece’s plastic trash problem

Dressed all in black and preparing his diving gear with loud zips and clicks, George Sarelakos looks like he’s part of a Greek naval operation ready to storm an island or take down smugglers. He’s not — but he and four other volunteer divers do have a challenging mission: Clearing …

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Sahara Dust puts the Acropolis and the Lycabettus Hill out of sight

The emblematic monument of Acropolis disappeared on Monday morning when thick Sahara dust covered Athens. Also the Church on the Lycabettus Hill, the second highest point in the Greek capital, had disappeared as billions of sand particles attacked Athens. Athens seen from the mountain of Hymetus in East Attica Prefecture. …

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Weather warning: Thunderstorms, Snow and the return of Sahara Dust

Greece’s National Meteorological Service has issued a weather warning of strong rainfalls and thunderstorms, hail and snow, gust winds and return of the Sahara dust. Already some local authorities decided to close schools on the island of Crete. The bad weather front first affects the West of Greece as of …

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Sahara Dust was “‘one of the largest ever transfer of sand”, says Athens Observatory

One of the largest ever transfer of Sahara dust to Greece took place on Thursday, March22, the National Observatory in Athens said on Friday. Satellite images showed that the phenomenon was particular strong in the south part of the country. The dust from the Sahara desert covered the whole country, …

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Extreme weather contrast: Snow in the North, Sahara Dust in the South

Extreme weather contrast in Greece: Orange-yellow Sahara dust swallowed Crete, white snow covered the West Macedonia. While in Crete temperatures reached 30 degrees Celsius, in Florina it was ice-cold as if in deep winter. The stark weather contrast between the North and the South are unprecedented  in Greece. Florina & …

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Unprecedented invasion of Sahara Dust in Crete (picts, video)

Holding handkerchiefs in front of nose and mouth are obviously not enough to protect the residents of Crete from the billions of nasty yellow particles of Sahara dust. One local found a much better, a safe solution: a gas mask! The thick cloud of Sahara dust has covered the whole …

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Sailing ban from Port of Piraeus due to powerful winds in the Aegean

Piraeus port authorities have banned the sailing of ferry boats towards the islands of the Aegean Sea due to the powerful winds blowing in intensity up to 9 Beaufort. The sailing ban affects ferry boats from the Port of Piraeus and is valid from 12 noon until at least 6 …

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Several wild fires in Crete, gust winds up to 11 B and Sahara dust

Wild fires have been spreading at a high speed in Chania Prefecture in West Crete as powerful South gust winds blow with intensity of up to 135 km per hour. At least ten wild fires started on Wednesday evening in the municipalities of Platania and Kissamos and came dangerously close …

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Igoumenitsa wins European Mobility Week Award for small municipalities

The city of Igoumenitsa in Northwestern Greece is won the European Mobility Week Award 2017 for small Municipalities. The Award is granted for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning. The European Commission announced the winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 and 6th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) at a ceremony …

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Divided we stand: Snow in the North, up to 30 C in the South

As if Greeks are not divided enough on national and political issues, the weather is going to add the icing on the Greek cake and this icing is made of pure fluffy snow. In the country’s North is going to be winter, in the country’s South …summer. While Greeks in …

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Greece’s weather warning: powerful rain- and thunderstorms, gale winds and Sahara dust, Mar 17-20

Greece’s National Meteorology Service EMY warns of a weather deterioration with powerful rain- and thunderstorms, gale winds and Sahara dust. In a weather warning issued on Friday, the EMY forecast for the next four days March 17-20, 2018 will affect the following regions: Saturday Mar 17 Powerful rain- and thunderstorms …

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