#AceNewsReport – Oct.12: A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck the Greek island of Crete: It comes just two weeks after another quake on the island killed a man and damaged hundreds of building: There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.
#AceDailyNews says according to the Metro UK report Crete was hit by powerful #earthquake just weeks after another one struck Greece……The Geodynamic Institute in Athens said Tuesday morning’s had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 and occurred under the sea off the eastern coast of the island.
That makes it closer to the surface than the 6.0 quake late last month and slightly stronger – though provisional reading then had registered it as more ferocious than it later turned out to be.
The epicentre was 23 km east of the village of Zakros and had a shallow depth of just 2 km, the organisation said.
The fire brigade had not received any immediate calls for help, a police official said.
A Greek seismologist said that Tuesday’s quake came from a different fault line to the incident on September 27.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.27: The quake sent people fleeing into the streets in the city of Heraklion, and schools were evacuated. Repeated aftershocks rattled the area, adding to damage in villages near the epicenter……
#AceDailyNews says that AP has reported today that a strong #earthquake registering at least 5.8-magnitude has killed at least one person and leaves 9-others injured as people fled their homes into the streets as buildings collapsed ….
“The earthquake was strong and was long in duration,” Heraklion mayor Vassilis Lambrinos told private Antenna television.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 5.8 struck the Greek island of Crete on Monday, killing one person and injuring several others. https://t.co/RhgwSBhQu8
The Athens Geodynamic Institute, which gave the 5.8 magnitude, said the quake struck at 9:17 a.m. (0617 GMT), with an epicenter 246 kilometers (153 miles) south southeast of the Greek capital, Athens.
“This is not an event that occurred without warning. We have seen activity in this region for several months. This was a strong earthquake, it was not under sea but under land and affecting populated areas,” seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos said on Greece’s state broadcaster ERT.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center and the U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude of 6.0, with an epicenter seven kilometers (four miles) north of the village of Thrapsano. It is common for different seismological institutes to give varying magnitudes for an earthquake in the initial hours and days after an event.
Greece’s Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Ministry said one person had been killed and a further nine people suffered injuries. The man who died was pulled from the rubble of a partially collapsed church in the village of Arkalochori, very close to the epicenter, authorities said.
“It appears that until now we don’t have fellow citizens trapped,” government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou said during a media briefing about three hours after the quake struck.
Seismologist Efthimios Lekkas, who heads Greece’s Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization, said inspections of critical buildings such as schools and hospitals had already begun.
“We are urging people who live in damaged older buildings to remain outdoors. One aftershock can cause a collapse,” Lekkas said from Crete. “We are talking about structures built before 1970. Structures built after 1985 are built to a higher standard that can withstand the effect of an earthquake.”
Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Minister Christos Stylianides, who traveled to Crete, said measures would be taken for those who couldn’t spend the night in their homes, potentially including providing rooms in hotels. Local media said hundreds of homes had been damaged.
Local officials said they had enough capacity to temporarily house 300 people in tents.
The fire department said it was flying 30 members of its disaster response units with sniffer dogs and specialized rescue equipment to Crete, while all its disaster response units and the fire department services on Crete were placed on general alert.
Numerous aftershocks struck the area, with the EMSC giving a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 for the two strongest.
International and domestic flights to Heraklion airport weren’t affected by the quake, while the region’s hoteliers association said there was no serious damage to any hotels in the area, which includes many popular holiday resorts.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.21: In a telephone conversation with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a sharp increase in people leaving Afghanistan could pose “a serious challenge for everyone”.
#AceDailyNews says Greece has erected a fence at Turkey border amid warnings of Afghan migrant surge we cannot wait, passively, for the possible impact,” Greece’s Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis said on a visit to the region of Evros on Friday and his comments came as Turkey called on European countries to take responsibility for Afghan migrants.
“Our borders will remain inviolable.”
“A new wave of migration is inevitable if the necessary measures are not taken in Afghanistan and in Iran,” Mr Erdogan said.
The rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban, an Islamist militant group, has left some fearing for their lives and seeking to escape the country, often by any means necessary.
Mr Chrisochoidis said the crisis had created new “possibilities for migrant flows” into Europe. A child is handed over the wall at Kabul airport, as the chaos continues
Greece, which was on the frontline of the migrant crisis in 2015 when more than a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East crossed from Turkey into the EU, has said it may send back any Afghans that arrive illegally through the country.
Of those who arrived in Greece during the migrant crisis, many travelled further north throughout Europe, but about 60,000 have remained in the country.
Last year, Athens temporarily blocked new asylum applications after Mr Erdogan said Turkey had “opened the doors” for migrants to travel to the EU.
Mr Mitsotakis said at the time that Greece had increased “the level of deterrence at our borders to the maximum”, with security personnel deployed to the Evros land border.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.06: For a third day, Greek firefighters continue to battle wildfires as a prolonged heatwave and strengthening winds have fuelled more than 150 wildfires in recent days, threatening the ancient site of Olympia…..
#AceDailyNews says that fires rage in Greece for a third day as 25 more villages are evacuated across the country and according to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service – the European Union’s Earth observation programme – July 2021 “was the second warmest July on record for Europe. Heatwaves occurred from the Baltic to the eastern Mediterranean.”
Locals are complaining that not enough is being done by the government to combat the fires, write Marina Rigou in Athens and Nikolia Apostolou in Kalamata
The blaze in Athens has rekindled and two new suburbs are being evacuated. Another major fire burned just one kilometre from the archeological site of Ancient Olympia, where the first Olympics was held, in the Peloponnese region of Greece, but was later brought under control.
Dozens of people have been evacuated from some 25 villages in the regions of Ilia, Evia, Grevena, and Messinia. In southern Greece, the fires are now burning the village of Karnasi in Mani.
Police frequency, [Aug 5, 2021 at 15:18] Greece, EU: Thousands flee homes outside Athens as heat fuels wildfires: https://t.me/police_frequency/50949: Time-lapse video shows wildfires burning throughout the day in Athens. Fires spread through a forest near the city, burning down more than 90 homes, 27 businesses, and 80 cars: Fire victims will receive €800 (£670) as emergency aid and €6,000 (£5,100) in the near future in order to buy furniture. More help is expected to be announced: A new fire in a suburb in the northern part of Athens, bigger than the first one. The situation is really difficult here as it is growing quickly. Ippokratios Politia and Drosopigi already evacuated and it is now heading towards Krioneri.
More than 170 firefighters with 52 engines and six aircraft were operating to bring fires under control on the island of Evia.
“If there are even few people who have reservations about whether climate change is real, I call on them to come here and see the intensity of the phenomena,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the prime minister of Greece, said from Ilia, near Ancient Olympia.
The Civil Protection Authority issued an “extreme fire warning” for Friday as temperatures remained high.
Firefighters and planes have been deployed from other European countries including Sweden and Cyprus. The military also mobilised its forces to support patrols.
But that has not been enough to prevent more than 300 homes and businesses from being destroyed by the fires, according to state officials on Wednesday night.
The government is blaming the fire on the prolonged heatwave, which has now lasted ten days with temperatures reaching as high as 46C.
“We are carrying out organised evacuations in order to protect human lives,” Mr Mitsotakis said during his visit to Olympia. “We have a legal framework for state aid, which means that those citizens who saw their homes destroyed by the fire will be compensated so that the houses can be rebuilt,” he stressed.
For Yiannis Sfetsas, a 60-year-old car mechanic in Varibobi, that’s not enough. Yesterday, he saw his shop burn to the ground.
“Whenever there’s a protest they mobilise 10,000 policemen, but here they just sent 300 firefighters,” he said. “My shop is destroyed and so is my home.”
In Sfestas’ shop, 10 cars left there to be repaired have been reduced to ashes. “The damage is really big,” he said. “If only they had reached the initial fire they would have controlled it.”
An area of 6,000 hectares (14,8000 acres) was destroyed in three days, according to the National Observatory of Athens. It amounts to half of the usual annual total.
As efforts have been focused on saving Ancient Olympia, locals in Evia and Messinia are claiming on Greek media that they’re receiving very little aerial help.
On Wednesday, 85 people were rescued by sea from the coastal village of Rovies, where 150 homes and businesses were destroyed by fire.
#AceNewsReport – July.23: The operation saw a speedboat intercepted off the island of Lefkada on 14 July as it headed towards Italy, carrying 14 migrants: The vessel attempted to out-run Greek authorities, but was eventually stopped after coastguards fired warning shots. The pilot was arrested after throwing himself into the sea in an attempt to escape, leaving the migrants adrift…
#AceDailyNews reports that officers from Project Invigor, the National Crime Agency-led taskforce targeting organised immigration crime, have taken part in an operation which has seen eight members of a major people smuggling network arrested in Greece in July…
Shortly afterwards another seven people were arrested as Greek police raided a number of properties in Athens, seizing cash, mobile phones, forged travel documents and another boat: Those arrested included three Iraqi nationals, two Greek nationals, two Ukrainian nationals and one Turkish national. They will all now face charges: The organised crime group is alleged to have charged migrants between five and seven thousand euros to transport them through Greece and then onwards towards Italy: Many would then move up into northern Europe, with some ending up trying to reach the UK: NCA officers, working as part of Project Invigor, played a crucial role in the operation, helping the Hellenic Police identify and locate the OCG’s leaders and providing support to the overall investigation.
Dave Hucker, Regional Head for NCA International, said: Through Project Invigor we are seeking to attack the people smuggling OCGs impacting upon the UK at every step of the route, in source countries, in transit countries like Greece, as well as at the UK border: This operation, which saw us work in partnership with the Greek police, is an example of that in action: There is no doubt that some of the migrants smuggled from Turkey, through Greece and onwards by this OCG would have ended up attempting to enter the UK illegally as well: Those involved in organised immigration crime are ruthless and happy to treat people as a commodity to be profited from. We are determined to do all we can to stop them: Project Invigor is the UK’s organised immigration crime taskforce set up to target the criminal networks behind people smuggling impacting on the UK: Led by the NCA, it also includes Border Force, Immigration Enforcement and the Crown Prosecution Service. Officers work in the UK and internationally.
#AceNewsReport – May.24: On the afternoon of May 23, a Ryanair airline, flying from Athens to Vilnius, urgently boarded in Minsk:
INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT: The plane on which he flew was urgently landed in Belarus because of the bomb report that happened to be false after Lukashenka said he personally took the decision to land the aircraft in order to “protect Europe”
It is utterly unacceptable to force @Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius to land in Minsk.
ALL passengers must be able to continue their travel to Vilnius immediately and their safety ensured.
Any violation of international air transport rules must bear consequences.
https://t.me/nexta_tv/15764 NEXTA, [May 23, 2021 at 4:38 PM] Председатель Европейской комиссии Урсула фон дер Ляйен: «Любое нарушение правил международного воздушного транспорта влечёт за собой последствия»
Совершенно недопустимо принуждать самолёт Ryanair, летевший из Афин в Вильнюс, садиться в Минске.
Все пассажиры должны немедленно получить возможность продолжить свой путь в Вильнюс, должна быть обеспечена их безопасность.
May: 23, 2021
According to Franak Vyachorka, an advisor to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a journalist, former editor-in-chief of the Nexta telegram channel Roman Protasevich was on board. After leaving Nexta, he edited another opposition channel “Brain Belarus”.
Before the flight, according to Nexta, Protasevich noticed that he was being watched. In Minsk, passengers were taken off the plane and sent to the airport for a second inspection, during which Protasevich was detained.
At the Minsk airport, they said that the Ryanair plane landed after the signal about a bomb planted – the pilots themselves allegedly requested the landing . At the same time, the head of the communications department of Vilnius International Airport (the flight was supposed to arrive there) Lina Beishene said : “As far as I know, there was a conflict between the crew member and the passenger. The plane has now landed successfully. We have no other official information ”. Nexta reported that, according to preliminary information, the KGB officers staged a fight with the crew during the flight, insisting that there was an explosive device on board. As a result, the crew was forced to request an emergency landing.
The Pool of the First Telegram channel, which is close to the press service of Alexander Lukashenko, published a post with the headline “Belarus defended Europe” immediately after the landing of the flight . It emphasized: “The situation was reported to the president. Lukashenka gave an unconditional command to turn the plane around and receive it. “
Also, “Pool of the First” noted that the plane was located near the border with Lithuania: “But they turned to Minsk. So it turns out, and the dictator came in handy! “
The Minsk airport has already reported that at the moment information about mining has not been confirmed. “Pool of the first” additionally reported that on behalf of Lukashenka, “a MiG-29 fighter was raised to escort a passenger plane into the sky.”
“The regime endangered the safety of passengers on board and the entire civil aviation for the sake of reprisals against the man who was the editor of the largest Belarusian independent telegram channels … We have already informed the Ryanair office and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), demanding to start an investigation into the incident. and take measures up to the exclusion of Belarus from ICAO, ” Svetlana Tikhanovskaya wrote after Protasevich’s arrest.
All the banks everywhere will be open,” Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas told ERT television adding that bank customers “can deposit cash [and] they can transfer money from one account to the other.”
He also noted that if someone doesn’t want to take €60 on Monday and wants to take it on Tuesday, they can withdraw €120 or €180 on Wednesday. Banks in the country have been closed since June 29, after the Greek government imposed capital controls. On Thursday the ECB increased the cap on emergency funding that Greek lenders can draw from their domestic central bank by €900 million.
Following tough negotiations, Greece finally struck a preliminary rescue deal with its creditors on Monday, which is hoped, would help to prevent an imminent financial catastrophe.
#AceWorldNews – ATHENS – April 11 – (Neonline) – The Greek government is about to use a drone to oversee its sea borders in the Aegean, one the of main avenues for immigration into the EU, in a pilot project. Athens’ Ministry of Shipping has issues a competition call for a drone that, according to the competition rules, has to be handed over to the authorities by the end of June.
Greece’s Shipping Minister, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis recently revealed that the country is receiving around 1,000 immigrants a month through the eastern Aegean Sea. Immigration flows have intensified in the Aegean since Greece put up a fence to close off its land border with Turkey alongside the river Evros in the north-east of the country. Immigration flows have also been affected by the deterioration of conditions in Syria.
#AceWorldNews – ATHENS – April 10 – A powerful explosion occurred Thursday morning in the centre of Athens in Greece. The explosive device was planted on a car parked in front of Bank of Greece, reports Associated Press.
Adjacent buildings and cars were damaged, though there were no casualties, report local media. According to reports, the incident occurred at 6:00 local time. At the time of the blast two security guards were in the building.
About 45 minutes before the explosion, unknown individuals called called the local Internet portal Zougla and notified of the blast to take place.
The moment of the explosion was caught on CCTV cameras, but the footage is of insignificant use due to insufficient lighting.
#AceWorldNews – GREECE – April 01 – Around 1,000 Golden Dawn supporters organised a pre-election rally in Athens, Monday, Ruptly reports.
The rally was held near Saint Panteleimonas Greek Orthodox church, which is an area of central Athens mostly populated by immigrants. Golden Dawn supporters sang the party’s anthem and held Greek and Golden Dawn flags.
Earlier on Monday, Antifascists organised a counter rally which was attended to by a high police presence.
Reporting the event (GreekReporter) said Golden Dawn won 18 seats in the Greek Parliament in the June elections and has continued to agitate against immigrants. Scores of civil rights groups, anti-racist movements and intellectuals, including Nobel laureates Dario Fo and Bernard Kouchner, walked through Athens in a silent march from the nation’s legislature to the Acropolis in what they called “a wake-up call” not only for the Greece, but other European nations facing rising tides of far-right extremism.
“We’re not denying the fact that Golden Dawn was elected to Parliament. Nor do we aspire to physically oust them from the chambers of democracy,” said Benjamin Abtan, the chief organizer and president of the European Grassroot Anti-racist Movement.
“But Greeks have to realize that they are neo-Nazis and that their success story will whet the appetite of other far-right extremists in Europe. Racism, anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism are growing without any strong and determined mobilizations from the democrats,” he said.
#AceWorldNews says scuffles broke out Friday between demonstrators and police outside the Finance Ministry in central Athens.
The protests took place as Greece’s international debt inspectors met with ministers to discuss the pace of fiscal reforms, AP said. Ministry cleaning staff, school guards and municipal workers were protesting job cuts required under Greece’s bailout agreement.
Riot police used small amounts of pepper spray as protesters attempted to block a major avenue in the capital’s main Syntagma Square outside the ministry.
More than a dozen protesters were earlier detained who attempted to enter another nearby government ministry.
#AceWorldNews says ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek opposition leader Alexis Tsipras said on Sunday he will not support any candidate for president in spring 2015, in the hope of forcing a parliamentary election.
ATHENS, Greece(AP) — A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude between 5.7 and 6.1 hit the western Greek island of Kefalonia before dawn Monday, sending frightened residents into the streets just over a week after a similar quake damaged hundreds of buildings, reviving memories of a disaster in the 1950s’
Authorities said about 16 people had been slightly hurt, mainly by falling objects, while roads, homes and shops were damaged and some areas suffered power and water supply cuts.
Christos Kyrakatos, a resident of one of Kefalonia’s villages, told Greek television that at least one person in his village had been taken away by ambulance. The power and water supply to the area had been cut, and residents who had fled their homes also had to contend with intense bad weather, with strong rain and low temperatures.
Kefalonia Mayor Alexandros Parisis said the port at the island’s second largest town ofLixouri, the closest to the epicenter, had been damaged.
Earthquakes have been rattling Kefalonia constantly for the past week, after a 5.9-magnitude temblor struck the area on Jan. 26, damaging homes and slightly injuring seven people. Since then, thousands of residents have been spending nights with relatives or in ships sent to accommodate them.