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Sahara Dust covers the islands of Crete and Rhodes (pictures)

The sky over the islands of Crete and Rhodes in the south Aegean Sea has been covered with billions of Sahara dust particles coming from North Africa. While large parts of Greece are dealing with huge volumes of rain, Crete and Rhodes have been under attack by billions of particles …

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“Phoebus” strikes Greece with powerful rainfalls, storms, gusty-winds up to 10B

Greece’s National Meteorological Service EMY has issued a weather warning with main features the powerful rainfalls, storms, hale and gusty winds up to 8-9 and locally up to 10 Beaufort in the open seas. Two barometric lows will consequently strike Greece from Jan 23 to Jan 27, 2019, the bad …

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Greece’s first vertical garden on a public building planted in Thessaloniki

Greece’s first vertical garden on a public building has been planted in Thessaloniki, the second biggest city in the country. The facade of the Urban Environment Directorate building on Kleanthous Street in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki has been converted into Greece’s first vertical garden, covering an area of …

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107 tornadoes and waterspouts recorded in Greece in 2018

A total of 107 vortices (whirlwinds and waterspouts) have been recorded in Greece in 2018, with three of them to have caused significant damage in Halkidiki and Crete, the weather service meteo of the National Observatory in Athens revealed on Friday. Meteo reported eight whirlwinds (a vortex on the land) …

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Stormy winds up to 10-11 Beaufort force ferries to dock at Greek ports

Stormy winds up to 10 and locally up to 11 Beaufort have forced authorities to order ferries to remain docked at the ports of Piraaeus, Rafina and Lavrio on Tuesday, Jan 15th 2019. Schedules to the Cyclades and the Dodecanese islands and Crete have been cancelled since early Tuesday morning. …

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Samos: Powerful storm, impressive pictures by local photographer

One of the stongest storms of the last years stroke the island of Samos on Saturday night. The powerful phenomenon not only caused power cuts and problems in the road network. It also created an impressive scenery that local photographer Manolis Thravalos captured with his camera. “Thousands of lightnings turned …

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Ferries remain docked due to gale-force winds in the Greek seas

Greek port authorities have banned ferries from sailing in the Aegean Sea due to gale-force South-West winds reaching 8 to 9 Beaufort and at times also up to 10 in the North Aegean Sea. Ferries with destination the islands of East Aegean, Cyclades, Crete and Dodecanese remain docked at the …

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Man dies in snowed-in Evia village as medical help would not reach area

A 72-year-old man in one of the snowed-in villages in Evia suffered and stroke and died early Wednesday morning because medical help or transfer to a hospital was impossible due to harsh weather conditions. The man was living with his family in Stropones village where snow has reached a height …

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Lightning strikes Eurowings flight EW652 from Cologne to Thessaloniki

A shock for Eurowings passengers heading to Thessaloniki in North Greece from Cologne in Germany on Wednesday morning. A lightning stroke Eurowings flight EW652 forcing the pilot to return to departure airport for safety reasons. Eurowings flight EW652 had to return to Cologne, Germany, on Wednesday morning, after the airplane …

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“Tilemachos” strikes Greece with heavy snow and freezing temperatures

Snow-queen “Sophia” left Greece on Sunday, allowing hundreds of religious Greeks to jump into ice-cold sea and river waters to catch the Holy Cross on Epiphany Day, the day the Waters are being blessed. However, the snow break was of short duration as new barometric low, “Tilemachos” is forecast to …

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Greece Weather skips Autumn, goes from Late Summer to Early Winter

It looks as if Greece’s weather has skipped autumn this year temperature-wise. Still last week temperatures in Greece reached up to 26 and 27 degrees Celsius, calm waters and full sunshine. This week, however, temperatures are forecast to dramatically drop and bring “early winter.” According to meteorologists, temperatures are expected …

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Northern Aegean seabed conceals 19 active seismic faults, scientists say

The seabed of the Aegean Sea between the islands of Skyros, Lesvos and Aghios Efstratios conceals 19 active seismic faults measuring over seven kilometres each, which can generate strong earthquakes from 6.1 to 7.4 Richter. Eight of them can also cause strong quakes over 7.0 on the Richter scale. According …

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Earthquake shifted the island of Zakynthos at least 3cm South-West

The 6.8R earthquake on 25. October shifted the island of Zakynthos at least three centimeters South-West. This is what Research Director at the Geological Institute of the National Observatory in Athens, Athanasios Ganas told state news agency amna and other media on Monday. Digital processing and analysis of radar images …

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Video shows how tsunami waves reached Italy 40 min after Zakynthos earthquake

An impressive video shows how the tsunami waves triggered by the 6.8R earthquake in Zakynthos reached the shores of  Italy in just 40 minutes. It reached the shores of South Peloponnese in just 25 minutes, with the waves reaching a height of 20 cm. The tsunami waves reached the sea …

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Rockslides at shipwreck beach Navagio due to Zakynthos earthquake

The 6.8R earthquake that stroke the island of Zakynthos early Friday morning has caused new rockslides  at famous shipwreck beach Navagio that attracts thousands of tourists every year. The impact of earthquake to the beach was revealed by Efthymios Lekkas, Geology Professor and head of the Greek Earthquake Panning and …

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Halkidiki: Homes evacuated in Sarti due to wildfire out of control

Homes and summerhouses have been evacuated in Sarti resort in Sithonia peninsula, Halkidiki, after a wildfire got out of control. The fire broke out in a difficult to access forest area in Platanitsi at 6 o’ clock Thursday morning. Due to the strong blowing wind, it soon got out of …

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EU Parliament adopted ban of single-use plastic, balloons “rescued” (poll)

The European Parliament voted to ban single-use plastic. With an overwhelming majority of 571 votes vs 53 against,  MEPs backed the proposal aiming to reduce the estimated 150-thousand tons of plastic waste from Europe that ends up in the sea every year. Completely banned are to be plastic straws, cotton …

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National Meteo’s Weather Warning with Rainfalls, Thunderstorms and Snow

Greece’s National Meteorological Service has issued a warning of sudden weather deterioration with rainfalls and thunderstorms and snowfalls on the mountains. According to the EMY weather warning, the main features of the weather deterioration will be: rainfalls and thunderstorms locally very strong, possible hale-falls and very strong winds. The bad …

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Urgent maintenance works on river construction halt part of Athens Tram operation

Urgent maintenance works on the construction and retaining walls channeling the river of Ilissos underground will disrupt the operation of the Athens Tram for an unspecified period of time. Starting on Friday, October 19th 2018, the Tram will no longer operate up to end station <Syntagma> but will halt at …

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