Waterspouts spotted on Lake Zurich and off coast of Corfu

admin   •   August 29, 2018   •   3003

Waterspout seen from boat off coast of Corfu, Greece | Reuters

Waterspouts were spotted in Switzerland on Sunday (August 26) and in Greece on Monday (August 27), eyewitness videos show.

Daniel Gerstgrasser, who lives near Lake Zurich, captured the natural phenomenon in Richterswil at 7.20 am local time (5.20am GMT) on Sunday.

Nicole Kenny was on holiday with her boyfriend when she saw the waterspout off the coast of Corfu on Monday. She said they were on a hydrofoil boat from Corfu port to Gaios on the Greek island of Paxos when she spotted the phenomenon.

“It’s definitely not what you expect to see on the first day of your holiday in Greece,” she told Reuters.

Waterspouts are tornadoes that occur over a body of water but never reach land. They are characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud.

Despite their ominous appearance, waterspouts are often much weaker than their land counterparts. However, they can pose a danger to any planes or boats that travel through them. — Reuters

Smoke blankets Athens from wildfire on Evia island

Robie de Guzman   •   August 13, 2019

A large wildfire on Greece’s Evia island on Tuesday (August 13) fanned by strong winds blanketed the capital Athens some 110 kilometers (70 miles) away.

The fire, which generated thick smoke, destroyed tracts of forest on Evia, firefighters said, as authorities prepared to evacuate two villages potentially in the path of the flames.

Wildfires raged uncontrolled in at least four other Greek regions, and the fire brigade said it had been called to put out 182 fires in the last three days.

More than 120 firemen, aided by helicopters and other aircraft, battled the blaze on Evia, the country’s second-largest island, where a monastery had already been evacuated.

No fatalities had been reported, and the winds were expected to subside in the evening, a fire brigade official said.

Greece often faces wildfires during its dry summer months, and authorities have warned of the high risk of blazes this week.

Last year a wildfire killed 100 people in the seaside town of Mati near Athens, and in 2007 devastating fires killed 65, scorched thousands of hectares of forest and farmland and threatened archaeological sites. (REUTERS)

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Fire, torrential rain batter Greece, leave 7 dead

Robie de Guzman   •   July 12, 2019

Aircraft putting out fire, ruined stuff, damaged cars & scattered belongings | Courtesy : Reuters

At least five fires have southern Greece alight on Wednesday afternoon due to high temperatures and gale force winds, while at the same time a strong storm hit northern Greece leaving seven people dead, dozens injured and a fisherman missing, as well as losses or damages to properties.

On Wednesday afternoon, at least five fires triggered either by high temperatures or gale force winds swept across the Peloponnese Peninsula, Attica Peninsula, Lamia Bay, and Evia Peninsula.

The disasters were finally controlled before night fell due to the joint efforts of firefighters on the ground and planes in the air.

However, in northern Greece, another extreme weather phenomenon took the baton and threatened people in the north.

The extreme weather caused seven people, six of whom confirmed as tourists from Russia, Czech and Romania on vacation in the country, dead and the unidentified victim is said likely to be a local fisherman. The storm darkened the doorstep of the Chalkidiki Peninsula in northern Greece, and the country’s second largest city Thessaloniki.

“The grill and the iron plate for the barbecue were blown off there. The pavilion there also fell down. The cars were crushed,” said Despoina, a resident in Chalkidiki.

The damages brought by the first freak storm in 30 years was huge, though it only lasted half an hour.

“We have been living here for 25 years, but we have never seen this,” said Despoina.

The power supply in the northern coastal areas and trains running between Thesalloniki and Alexandroupoli, another coastal city in the north, were cut off.

The 22 injured people have been sent to a local hospital, with nine of them suffering fractures to varying degrees. (REUTERS)

Switzerland tops ‘most expensive country’ to live in 2019; PH the 28th most affordable

Marje Pelayo   •   July 10, 2019

Street view of a city in Switzerland | Image by Siggy Nowak from Pixabay

MANILA, Philippines – Living in Asia makes one think that travelling to and living in Europe is a mere pipe dream.

Indeed, yes! The 2019 CEOWORLD ranking of the Top 20 ‘most expensive countries on earth to live in’ includes 12 countries in Europe, four in Asia, one in North America, one in the Caribbean and two in Oceania.

Topping the list is Switzerland, followed by Iceland, Norway, Bahamas, Luxembourg, Japan, Denmark, Hong Kong, South Korea, Ireland.

Taking the 11th to the 20th spots are namely: France, the Netherlands, Israel, Belgium, Finland, New Zealand, Australia, Austria, Sweden, and the United States.

Meanwhile, the Philippines ranked 91st in the most expensive list.

That means it is the 28th (the Islamic Republic of Pakistan being the first) most affordable country on earth to live in, according to the report.

CEOWORLD magazine identifies the world’s most and least expensive countries to live in by collecting and reviewing data from studies including consumer price index, cost of living index, and various national and international media reports.

The report assessed the range of living costs including accommodation, transport, utility, eating out, the price of groceries and Internet use among others using the most expensive city of New York, given an index score of 100, as the benchmark.

Countries that scored higher than 100 are more expensive than New York, while those below means they are cheaper.

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