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UPDATE Rocks fall on Shipwreck, after earthquake strikes with 5.4R between Kefalonia and Zakynthos

A earthquake stroke with a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale between the islands of Zakynthos and Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea. Greece’s Geodynamic Institute announced. The tremor occurred at 10:36 Thursday morning 70 km West of Zakunthos and 57km South-West of Lixouri on Kefalonia. It focal depth was …

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Greece to survey off Crete, Ionian Sea for possible natural gas reserves, says PM

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday that Greece will restart its surveying program for the regions to the west and the southwest of Crete and the Ionian Sea in western regions, as it seeks to disengage from Russian natural gas. “Our attention will return to the potential domestic gas …

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Greece halts seismic surveys in the Ionian over whales stranding

Greece’s Environment and Energy Ministry ordered a temporary stop to seismic surveys in the northern Ionian Sea amid concerns that the activity is responsible for the recent stranding in shallow waters of three Cuvier’s beaked whales on the western coast of the island of Corfu. All three whales, which did …

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Earthquake rattles the island of Kefalonia with 4.8 Richter

An earthquake rattled the island of Kefalonia with a magnitude of 4.8 on the Richter scale. It occurred short before 3:30 p.m on Friday afternoon. According to the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens, its epicenter was 17 km West of Argostoli, the capital of the island. It …

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Parliament Committee approves extension of territorial waters in Ionian Sea

The Committee on National Defense and Foreign Affairs in Parliament approved the draft bill extending the Greek territorial waters in the Ionian Sea to 12 nautical miles. The approval in principle came from all parties except the Communist Party, which voted “present”. Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias who was present at …

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Presidential Decree on extension of territorial waters in Ionian Sea in force

The Presidential Decree on the closure of the bays and the marking of straight baselines in the Ionian Sea region and the Ionian Islands up to Cape Tainaro in the Peloponnese came into force on Sunday after it was published in the official gazette. The publishing is one more step …

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Greece, Albania agreed to refer their maritime zones/EEZ issues to The Hague

Greece and Albania reached an agreement to refer the issue of their maritime zones (ΕΕΖ) to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias announced on Tuesday. The agreement was achieved during his visit to Tirana, where his met with his counterpart Gent Cakaj and …

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“Greece extends its territorial waters to 12 miles,” says PM Mitsotakis

“Greece is growing. We are expanding the territorial waters in the Ionian Sea from 6 to 12 nautical miles,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis revealed on Wednesday. He announced this historic decision during the plenary debate for the ratification of the maritime agreements with Italy and Egypt. With the phrase “nothing …

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Wreckage of Canadian Cyclone helicopter located in Ionian Sea

One months after its crash in the Ionian Sea, the wreckage of a Canadian Cyclone military helicopter and human remains have been located on the bottom of the sea by a U.S. Navy drone submersible. The Department of National Defence issued a statement today saying the recovery ship EDL Hercules …

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Sea traffic in Ionian Sea halted as storm “Geryon” hits Greece

Sea traffic in the Ionian Sea was halted between the islands of Zakynthos and Kefallonia and the mainland on later afternoon  Sunday, November 24, 2019, due to approaching thunderstorm “Geryon.” Also the “open” ferries between Corfu and the mainland were forbidden from sailing. Ships connecting Zakynthos and Kefalonia with mainland …

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Greek Parliament approves hydrocarbon concessions off Crete & Ionian Sea

The Greek Parliament ratified the contracts for hydrocarbon exploration in four areas, off the island of Crete and the Ionian Sea. In favor of the concessions voted lawmakers from ruling New Democracy, KINAL/PASOK and Greek Solution. Main opposition party SYRIZA expressed reservations. The Communist KKE and MeRA25 voted against them. …

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North winds Meltemia cooled the Aegean Sea by 1-2 degrees Celsius

The prolonged presence of summer north winds “meltemia” have slightly cooled the Aegean Sea by 1 to 2 degrees Celsius this summer, the meteorological service of the Greek National Observatory in Athens said on Wednesday. In contrast, weak winds and high temperatures have led to slightly higher than normal temperatures …

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Greek gov’t signs concessions for hydrocarbon exploration in the Ionian Sea

The Greek government signed the concessions for hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation in two Ionian Sea areas, Area 10 in the Kyparissia Gulf with Hellenic Petroleum (HELPE) and “Ionio” sea area with a consortium of HELPE and Spain-based Repsol. In two to four years we will have the first clear picture …

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PM Rama: “Albanian & Greece are in talks over potential border change” to expansion of territorial waters in Ionian Sea”

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama suggested that Greece and Albania are in talks over potential border change. Speaking during an interview with Albania’s Vizion Plus TV on Thursday, Rama appeared to suggest Athens and Tirana are in talks over potential border changes. The comment was made in the context of …

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Drilling for hydrocarbon in Ionian Sea to start in 2019

Drilling for hydrocarbons in the Ionian Sea will start in 2019, Yiannis Bassias, president of the Hellenic Hydrocarbon Resources Management S.A. (HHRM S.A.) said at an event on Wednesday. The drilling will specifically take place in the Gulf of Patras and Katakolo. According to state-run news agency amna, a campaign …

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Mediterranean Cyclone “Medicane” forecast for Ionian Sea on Friday

Meteorologists forecast a ‘Medicane’, a Mediterranean Cyclone, in the Ionian Sea on Friday, September 28th 2018. The rare phenomenon of a tropical-style cyclone occurs twice a year in the Mediterranean basin. “There is a possibility that a relatively unusual phenomenon, a Mediterranean cyclone or ‘Medicane’, will occur in the south …

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More than 22,000 Lightnings fell in Ionian Sea and Epirus on a single day

An extremely high number of lightning, that is more than 22,000 fell in the Ionian Sea and the mainland of West Greece on a single day. According to ZEUS system of Greece’s National Observatory the extremely high number of lightnings fell in the early morning hours until 5:30 p.m. on …

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Very High Risk of Fire for several Greek regions, islands in Aegean & Ionian Sea

Several regions across Greece’s mainland as well as islands in the Aegean and the Ionian Sea are at Very High Risk of Fires on Friday, August 10th 2018.  According to a statement issued by the country’s Civil Protection Agency, Very High Risk (Level 4) and High Risk (Level 3) of …

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