Wildfires

Wildfires – Greece

Lightning sparked three wildfires in remote parts of the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece in the early hours of Tuesday, according to the fire service.

Ground and air crews were battling blazes in the uplands of Kavourotrypes and Vourvourou on the Sithonia leg of the peninsula on Tuesday morning, after putting out another fire in Afytos on the Cassandra leg earlier.

On Sunday, a bolt of lighting is believed to have killed a 58-year-old motorcyclist on the outskirts of Thessaloniki. The man was found dead 40 kilometers east of the northern port city with a hole in his helmet.

Wildfires – New Mexico, Colorado, USA

Sunday’s rains helped subdue part of a New Mexico wildfire, allowing the 1,100 residents of Cimarron to return to their homes by midday on Monday, but a second fire in neighboring Colorado was largely uncontained, officials said.

In Colorado, some 250 miles (402.34 km) away near Durango, a blaze called the 416 Fire had raged across more than 2,255 acres (912.5 hectares) by Monday morning, and forced the evacuation of about 825 homes, said Megan Graham, spokeswoman for La Plata County where the fire is burning. The Colorado blaze was 10-percent contained by Monday morning.

The Ute Park Fire in New Mexico had torched more than 36,000 acres (14,569 hectares) by early on Monday, and that it was 23-percent contained, up from zero containment on Sunday morning.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits near Mexico City.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Greece.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Greece – Torrential rainfall has caused floods in areas of Ileia in southern Greece. The floods have caused disruptions on the Pyrgos-Tripoli national highway at the Strefiou intersection and on the Pyrgos-Kyparissia highway near the Kallikomo community. Problems were also reported in the community of Latzoi in the region of Pyrgos, as well as other areas in the Olenia municipality, due to the overflowing of the River Enipea. Meanwhile heavy rainfall on the Ionian island of Lefkada on Sunday damaged homes, hotels, a local hospital and a police precinct in the region of Vasiliki, according to reports on Monday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17p (Iris), located approximately 330 nm east-southeast of Cairns, Australia, is tracking eastward at 05 knots.

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Greece – Greece has declared a state of emergency in its northern border with Turkey after an overflowing Evros river reached peak levels and flooded the area last Friday. The river also engulfed riverbanks and fields in Edirne — near Turkey’s border with Greece and Bulgaria — and submerged the city’s famous wrestling stadium. Bridges all over the region were closed for precaution. Images from the Sentinel 2 satellite from the EU Earth observation programme Copernicus show a region that went from being almost completely dry last year to flooded last weekend.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific: Tropical Storm (td) 03w (Jelawat), located approximately 103 nm north of Pagan, is tracking northeastward at 10 knots.

In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 18p (Josie), located approximately 128 nm south-southwest of Suva, Fiji, is tracking south-southeastward at 04 knots.

Newsbytes:

Greece – A state of emergency has been declared in parts of northern Greece after a swollen River Evros broke its banks, causing widespread flooding. The village of Praggi was among the areas in Evros prefecture affected by the floodwaters earlier this week. Now, the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace regions have been declared to be in a state of emergency as the authorities attempt to prevent more damage from the rising floodwaters.

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UK – Britons are battling yet another lashing of wintry conditions as sub-zero snow showers caused a wrath of floods across the country in what’s being dubbed the Easter Weekend Washout. So far, five weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office following teeth-chattering snow showers and violent flash floods relentlessly battering the UK an eye-watering 48 hours on. Banks burst up and down the country putting lives in danger and wreaking havoc on homes.

India – A reservoir in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district breached its danger mark on Saturday, leading to floods in villages around it, a district official said. There was no loss of life or cattle.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Greece – Update – Greek authorities on Monday raised to 23 the death toll from heavy flooding near Athens this month, after one more body was found and an injured woman died in hospital.

Gaza – Dozens of homes and shops flooded and many roads in Gaza City were blocked yesterday night due to heavy rainfall in the Gaza Strip. Eyewitnesses reported that the areas most affected by the heavy rainfall were Al-Shuja’iyya, Al-Zaytoun, Al-Tuffah, Sheikh Radwan, and Muftaraq Al-Sahaba, as rain water flooded homes and shops in these areas and dragged many cars away.

New Zealand – Homes flooded and a school sustained “significant” damage after 42.2 millimetres of rain fell in Roxburgh within a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon. The flash flooding closed roads, leaving the small town isolated on Monday and residents cleaning up mud and silt. Residents of a Central Otago town recovering from widespread flooding are being told to expect to be without water until at least Wednesday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 31w (Kirogi), located approximately 142 nm east-northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 15 knots.

Newsbytes:

Greece – The death toll from flooding in and around Athens rose to 19 on Saturday after three more bodies were recovered west of the Greek capital.

UAE – Five Indian nationals were rescued from a car that was washed away by wadi flood waters in Khor Fakkan on Friday after heavy rains and rescue personnel are searching for another missing student.

Australia – Heavy rain caused flash flooding in parts of Melbourne on Saturday (Nov 18), after the Australian city was lashed by a series of storms. Water poured down the steps to Flinders Street railway station in the heart of Melbourne, and commuters were seen removing their shoes to walk through ankle-deep water. Rain also seeped through the roof of Melbourne Airport’s international terminal, after 20mm of rainfall in under 10 minutes.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current Tropical Storms.

Newsbytes:

Greece – Flash floods killed at least 15 people, made scores homeless and destroyed infrastructure in Greece on Wednesday after a raging torrent inundated two coastal towns west of Athens following a night of heavy rain. In devastation locals said was unprecedented in scale, an overnight deluge triggered flash floods in the industrial towns of Nea Peramos and Mandra in the foothills of a mountain just west of Athens.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands – Turkish border region.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the Volcano islands off Japan.

Two 5.4 Earthquakes hit offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits Greece.

Mexico – The death toll from Mexico’s 8.1 magnitude earthquake rose to 96 on Monday as more victims were confirmed in the hard-hit southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas and residents worked to repair shattered homes and small businesses.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Greece

A wildfire broke out at the village Anafonitria, in northern Zakynthos. The village is being evacuated after fire reached the front porches of some houses. Two more wildfires broke out in the Ano Volima area of the island, about five kilometres west of the first Anafonitria fire front.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Portugal and Greece

Portuguese officials say 112 people have been evacuated from their homes in the central town of Vila de Rei as more than 3,700 firefighters continue to battle dozens of wildfires across the country. 45 people were slightly injured in the fires over the past two days. Firefighters were hoping to make the most of a slight drop in temperatures to make progress in extinguishing some 210 fires still active.

Authorities in Greece have declared a state of emergency on the island of Zakynthos where wildfires are burning for a fourth day. The Fire Service says that the blazes are burning on 12 fronts and not threatening homes or resorts on the island, which is popular with tourists.

A large wildfire north of Athens is threatening homes as it sweeps through pine forest for a second day, uncontained due to high winds. Fire Service officials, two planes and five helicopters are fighting the blaze at Varnava, 45 kilometers (28 miles) north of the Greek capital, while a main road in the area is closed to traffic to give fire trucks better access. The fire burned out of control for a second day Monday after damaging at least 20 homes the previous day and forcing the evacuation of holiday campsites used in the area for children’s vacations.