Geography of Greece

Reopening of Corinth Canal after landslide delayed

Sailors traveling between the gulfs of Corinth and the Saronic will not be able to cut across the Corinth Canal for a couple more days, the company that manages the strait said on Monday.

Corinth Canal SA said that a landslide which shut down the passage will take longer to repair than the original deadline of Tuesday, January 19.

4.3-magnitude tremor felt in eastern Crete

A moderate earthquake hit in the sea area off the northeastern coast of Crete early Monday morning.

According to an automated reading of the Athens Geodynamic Institute, the tremor measured 4.3 on the Richter scale and was recorded 52 kilometres off the town of Sitia.

The Euro-Mediterranean Institute gave a preliminary reading of 4.6.

Greece still in the grip of cold weather

Bad weather has a lot of Greece under its grip, with snowfall and below freezing temperatures.

In the Athens area, mostly in the northern parts, some roads are closed, police warn.

These include: the road to Mt. Parnitha, the Alimou-Katechaki road, Anapafseos Street, in the suburb of Papagou, beyond the cemetery and Fylis and Tatoiou Avenues, northwest of Athens.

Greece submits request for return of 1,450 failed asylum seekers to Turkey

Greece has submitted a request to the European Commission and the EU's border agency Frontex, for the immediate return of 1,450 migrants whose asylum requests have been rejected, the country's Migration Ministry announced on Thursday.

From the 1,450 individuals that entered Greece from Turkey 995 are in Lesvos, 180 in Chios, 128 in Samos and 187 in Kos, the ministry said.

Pikrodafni stream in southern Athens saved by court ruling

Planned works on the Pikrodafni Stream from Vouliagmeni Avenue to its estuary in southern Athens have been canceled following a decision by the country's highest administrative court.

The ruling was issued after years of campaigning by citizens to save the stream and its environment.