Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Καλό Όχι Μέρα Σκιάθος - Χρονια πολλά! ...

 A very Happy Oxi Day to all our readers ...

It is a national holiday today in Greece, a day to celebrate a moment of national pride, eighty years ago ...


A day for a parade, to fly the flag, and feel good, and enjoy the stunning weather.

Only due to Covid, it's a lot different this year. 

The big parades are banned, however the wreaths will still be laid by the children, and island dignitaries this morning. 

The weather forecast is a touch iffy. A storm is about to give Greece another bashing.

Rain strong winds and thunderstorms a possibility ...

What's it normally all about? 

Well click this link to find out more ...

Previous blog: Covid update

Friday, 23 October 2020

Covid update ...

 So it seems Skiathos has now moved to Level 2 (Yellow) awareness ...

Message from Thodoris Tzoumas - Mayor of Skiathos:

The Municipal Authority, is in constant communication with the competent authorities, and with a high sense of responsibility, aims to prevent the virus from spreading. Observing self protection measures is necessary to limit the spread of the pandemic, avoid a turn for the worse, how things turn out is exclusively up to us. It's up to all of us and each individually to protect our health and those around us.

According to the map of Health Safety and Protection against covid-19 infection, Skiathos is at surveillance level 2 (yellow).

Skopelos and Alonissos remain at Level 1 (Green) not as shown on the map ...

The Greek PM announced new measures yesterday, for Level 3 (Orange) & Level 4 (Red) areas

Mandatory use of masks in- and outdoors. “In cafes and restaurants masks can be removed once people sit at a table,” the PM said. He added that the measures will go into force at 06:00 a.m. Saturday, October 24, 2020. 

He did not reveal for how long the measures will be implemented.

Previous Blog: Still shaking the picture frames ...

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Still shaking the picture frames ...

 Still wobbling on Skiathos ...

More tremors this morning, this morning that's seven or eight, so far within the last 24 hours.

Whilst this is all going on, the three islands have no power supplies, as work is taking place over on Pilion. The latest is a 4.2 ...


Just before 11:07 a strong earthquake of 4.3 on the Richter scale was felt in Skiathos and the surrounding areas. The epicenter of the earthquake 6.1 km south of the island, near the island of Tsougria with a focal depth of 10 km.

According to the Skiathos Fire Brigade, no emergency call has been made, nor has any damage been reported by homes or businesses. 

The earthquake was also felt in Athens (Skiathoslife) ...

Friends in Volos have felt it too ...

Later update:

At 14:22 the latest tremor occurred: 9.8km South-east of Skiathos with magnitude:  3.1 Richter and Focal Depth (km): 10.0

There have been 15 in the last 24 hours. Biggest was a 4.4, someone has upset the Greek gods ...

Previous Blog: Earth tremor & Airport Strikes ...

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Earth tremor & Airport Strikes ...

Earth tremors ...

The island has been rattled by an earthquake this evening ...

Its been reported as a 3.8 by the EMSC

Magnitude ML 3.8

Region AEGEAN SEA

Date time 2020-10-17 20:31:58.3 UTC

Location 39.10 N ; 23.46 E

Depth 2 km

Distances 108 km ESE of Lárisa, Greece / pop: 144,000 / local time: 23:31:58.3 2020-10-17

7 km S of Skiáthos, Greece / pop: 5,100 / local time: 23:31:58.3 2020-10-17

Another ...

Its been reported as a 4.0 by the USGS

M 4.0 - 9 km WSW of Skiáthos, Greece

Time 2020-10-17 21:31:59 (UTC+01:00)

Location 39.128°N 23.396°E

Depth 10.0 km

Islanders who felt the tremor can report their observations on this link ...

It seems there were four tremors, that have been reported south of the island today.

The Vodka Martinis on Kalamaki, would have been very well shaken, not stirred ...

Airport Strikes ...

Silly season is with us again ...

Flights will be affected on Sunday 18 and Monday 19, due to Air Traffic Controller & Civil Aviation Authority Unions work stoppages. 

This is the official announcement from the site of Athens International Airport:  We would like to inform you that due to industrial action of the Union of Greek Air Traffic Controllers, all flights from/to Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” will be affected from 13:30 pm to 18:30 pm on the 18th of October 2020 & from 07:30 am to 12:30 pm on the 19th of October 2020.  

Additionally, due to Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority Unions industrial action, on 18th & 19th of October, the flight schedule to and from certain Greek peripheral airports will be affected.  

For further information regarding your flight, please contact your airline.

For the AEGEAN and Olympic Air flight cancellations and reschedules due to A.T.C. and OSYPA HCAA personnel work suspension on October 18th – 19th 2020, click on: aegeanair.com Latest News

 Please contact Aegean Air at:  Reservations: 801-1120000, 210-6261000

Airport: 210-3530101, 210-3534289-- 92  

Customers are kindly advised to check the latest flight details by visiting the official website of AEGEAN www.aegeanair.com and Olympic Air www.olympicair.com or by calling:

AEGEAN:

From Greece: 801 11 20000

From abroad or mobile: + 30 210 6261000

OLYMPIC AIR:

From Greece: 801 801 0101

From abroad or mobile: + 30 210 3550500

info: 8018010101 (if you are calling from α landline) and +302103550500 (if you are calling from α cell phone or from abroad) click on: YOUR AIRLINE

Previous Blog: Power cuts ...

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Power cuts ...

Steve In Skiathos advises ...

Skiathos Life are reporting that the power will be off across the island, on Sunday from 0730 until 1230. 

HEDNO now confirming that the power will be off across the whole island from 0730 until 1230 on Sunday 18th October.

Previous Blog: Bad weather expected ...

Monday, 12 October 2020

Bad weather expected ...

THESSALY REGION - DIRECTORATE OF CIVIL PROTECTION: EMERGENCY BULLETIN OF DANGEROUS WEATHER

October 12, 2020

From the Region of Thessaly - Directorate of Civil Protection is announced

that an Extraordinary Bulletin of Dangerous Weather Phenomena of EMY / EMK has been issued with effect from today afternoon Monday (12-10-2020) with the main characteristics of heavy rains and storms that will be accompanied by hail and stormy south winds.

The Region of Thessaly - Directorate of Civil Protection has appointed the bodies involved in projects and actions to address hazards from dangerous weather events on standby based on design which has been developed in order to address potential problems that will created by the manifestation of intense phenomena.

The Municipalities are called to be on standby in the areas of responsibility 

Their Citizens are kindly requested to take into account the Extraordinary Bulletin of Dangerous Weather Phenomena for the safe planning of their movements and activities.

At the same time, the Region of Thessaly - Directorate of Civil Protection recommends citizens to be especially careful, taking action self-protection against risks arising from the occurrence of intense weather phenomena.

In particular, citizens are invited to:

STORMS- RAINS

- Make sure the gutters and wells outside their home are not blocked and operate normally.

- Insure items that may be carried away by the wind or heavy rainfall and may cause injury or damage.

- To change the schedule of their movements in order to avoid the peak of weather phenomena but also preventively.

-Avoid crossing torrents and streams, on foot or by vehicle, during duration of storms and rainfall, for several hours after its end their manifestation but also preventively.

-Avoid rural work and marine activities coastal areas during the occurrence of dangerous weather phenomena but also preventively (risk of lightning strikes).

-Protect immediately in case of hail. To take refuge in a building or in a car and do not leave the safe area unless make sure the storm is over. Hail can be very dangerous and for animals.

-To follow the instructions of the locally competent bodies, such as Traffic, Fire Department, Civil Protection etc.

-Follow the instructions of Warning Message 112, if sent to cell phones.

STORMY WINDS

- Insure items which if blown away by the wind may cause damage or injury.

- Attach the billboards that may have been posted.

- Secure doors and windows.

- Avoid activities in marine and coastal areas.

- Avoid crossing under large trees, under hanging ones signs and from areas where light objects (flower pots, broken glass etc.) may detach and fall to the ground (eg below balconies).

-To follow the instructions of the locally competent bodies, such as Traffic, Fire Department, Civil Protection etc.

-Follow the instructions of Warning Message 112, if sent to cell phones.

Citizens can be informed daily about the progress of emergencies weather events in the regular weather reports of EMY and on its website EMY at the electronic address www.emy.gr.

For information and announcements on the prevailing situation and accessibility of the road network due to the influx of flood water into it citizens can visit the website of EL.AS. www.astynomia.gr.

For more information and instructions on how to protect yourself from severe weather phenomena, citizens can visit the website of the General Civil Protection Secretariat at the e-mail address www.civilprotection.gr

In case of need, the citizens should contact the competent Services (Police tel. 100 - Fire Department tel. 199 - Emergency number 112-ΕΚΑΒ 166).

The Extraordinary Bulletin of Dangerous Weather Phenomena of EMY

Bad weather is forecast to prevail from today afternoon Monday (12-10-2020) until tomorrow afternoon Tuesday (13-10-2020) in the country from the west, with the main characteristics of heavy rains and storms that will be accompanied by hail and Stormy southerly winds of 7 to 8 beauforts, which on Tuesday will reach the northern Aegean up to 9 beauforts.

In more detail will be affected:

From the afternoon hours of Monday (12-10-2020) until the morning hours of Tuesday (13-10-2020), the Ionian Sea, Epirus, western Macedonia, western Sterea and western Peloponnese.

From the evening hours of Monday, the rest of the Peloponnese and Macedonia, Thrace, Thessaly and the Sporades, weakening from the pre-noon hours of Tuesday and from the west.

From Monday night until Tuesday morning, temporarily eastern Sterea and Evia.

From the morning until the afternoon hours of Tuesday, the islands of the eastern Aegean

Previous Blog: Skiathos Airport Landing - Boeing 737-800 - 19th July 2020

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Skiathos Airport Landing - Boeing 737-800 - 19th July 2020

Great video by Phil Cribbin ...

Saturday, 26 September 2020

Manchester Jet2 ...

The Jet 2 flight from Manchester has diverted to Athens ...

It's weather-related, no sunshine posts today on FB


Looks like there may be a bus ride and a night out in Volos, but first a COVID test?

Previous Blog: Greek Medicane ...

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Greek Medicane ...

It's September and the medicane is back ...

Seems it's another medicane (Mediteranean cyclone), and it's trashing the Ionian at present. Cephalonia and Zakynthos getting it big style. 


Skiathos and the Sporades are not on the alert list. However may get some heavy rainfall over the next day or so, as the system passes over Greece...

Last year we had storm Zorba, which instead of sinking south, headed over to Skiathos instead causing a great deal of damage, and flooding on the island.

This week the Mayor has had teams clearing the river beds, and opening up the routes for the stormwater to exit to the sea. Hopefully 'Storm Ianos' will pass by somewhere else.

Update from Keep Talking Greece

Previous Blog: Road access to the Banana beaches ...

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Road access to the Banana beaches ...

The access issue reached court yesterday ...

It has been confirmed that Skopelos magistrate's court has rejected the application by the Skiathos municipality, to force the removal of the barriers at the Elivi hotel. Which have prevented vehicle access to the beaches ...

It's a temporary decision, like an adjournment. It will go on for years, until one runs out of money, or the 'woe is me' brigade elect a sympathetic mayor instead ...

Access remains permissible on foot, however, vehicle access will remain strictly forbidden, except to hotel residents ...

Previous Blog: Something for the weekend ...