Greece’s island of Crete was shaken by a series of earthquakes in the early hours of Monday.
The quakes were centered in a sea area about 50 kilometers north of the town of Sitia in Lasithi regional unit.
The largest was magnitude 5.2 at 7.11 a.m., according to the National Observatory of Athens’ Geodynamic Institute.
No damage or injuries were immediately reported.
Turkey is again sending research vessel Oruc Reis, ostensibly to search for oil and gas, including inside the Greek continental shelf, once again raising tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Antalya station has issued a navigational warning (Navtex) with effect from October 12-22.
Greece recorded 280 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday of which 41 are linked to already confirmed clusters and 25 were identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said.
EODY also said that 13 people died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of Covid-19-related fatalities in Greece to 449. Of these, 96.4 pct had an underlying condition their median age was 79 and 169 were women.
Greek Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias announced the release of an interactive, virtual map of Greece with information about current Covid-19 cases and anti-virus measures in each of the country’s 74 regions, available as of today.
Regions are classified from one to four, depending on Covid-19’s impact on the area and what anti-virus measures are in place there.
The interactive map is available on an official website, where citizens can click each region to see which measures are in place as well as the current case numbers in the area.
The online map allows residents to input their postal code in order to see the measures and virus numbers on an even smaller scale.
This resource will make measures in each region more widely available to all, so that they can follow the appropriate anti-coronavirus rules put in place by the government.
Currently, Attica is at level three. 30% capacity in theaters, cinemas and concerts will be applied, while table sitting will be strictly limited to 4 persons.
The Athens Appeal Court postponed a Friday decision on the extenuating circumstances that will be admitted for each of the defendants in the Golden Dawn trial for this morning.
The former parliamentary party of Golden Dawn was ruled a criminal organization this week, and subsequent sessions were held these last two days on sentencing.
Traffic alteratations in the streets around the Appeals Court are in effect.
According to Migration and Asylum Ministry announcement on Saturday the suspension of operation of the Asylum agency regional offices in Attica and Piraeus as well as the independent teams examining asylum applications by Pakistani nationals, the fast-track examination of international requests for international protection and those entitled international protection is extended to Friday 16 October.
The U.S. Embassy in Athens and its Consular Section, the U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki, and all U.S. Government offices in Greece will be closed today ( Monday, October 12) , in observance of Columbus Day, a U.S. national holiday.
And the weather forecast…
A deterioration of the weather is expected today and tomorrow. Rain is forecast for Attica tonight, with winds blowing at a speed of 8 on the beaufort scale.
The temperature is expected to reach a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius.