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Wildfires Raging in Southern Europe

Posted by feww on August 26, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,298 Days Left

[August 26, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,298 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Thousands evacuated as wildfires ravage drought-hit western Balkans

Lingering heatwave has pushed the temperatures above 40°C (104 degrees), triggering over a thousand wildfires in dr5ought-stricken Greece, Spain and western Balkans.

Serbia and neighboring Bosnia are said to be worst hit.  Serbia has evacuated thousands of villagers and mobilized its army to tackle the fires, while Bosnia has appealed for international help.

The situation in Serbia has been described as “extremely serious” by the head of the ministry’s Emergencies Department.

Map of total precipitation in Europe (mm) – week ending August 18


Computer generated map of total precipitation in Europe (mm) for the week ending August 18, 2012. An area of high pressure brought above-normal temperatures (up to 4°C above normal) to the western half of Europe triggering more than a thousand wildfires.
  Image source: CPC/NOAA

  • Kosovo. The emergency services have asked NATO’s Kosovo peace force for helicopter support.
    • “There’s a huge part we can’t reach because of the landmines from the last war and we can hear explosions time after time,” Kosovo’s Emergency Department told Reuters.
  • Greece. In Athens, one of the latest wildfires raged in the capital’s suburbs, blanketing the city with choking smoke.

    • Major wildfires have ravaged thousands of hectares across Greece over the past two weeks.
  • Spain.  Wildfires have consumed more than 150,000 hectares in Sapin, claiming  several lives, so far this summer.
  • Italy. The Ministry of Health raised the extreme heat warning to the maximum level ‘red’  on August 21, after heatwave enveloped 8  cities including the capital Rome.
    • Wildfires were reported at multiple locations across southern Italy.

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Heatwave Fuels Wildfires Ravaging Balkans

Posted by feww on August 22, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,302 Days Left

[August 22, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,302 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

State of emergency declared as wildfires threaten Bosnia towns

Residents and tourists are being  evacuated from Bosnian towns, as raging wildfires fueled by the extreme heat and strong winds approach.

  • Authorities declared a state of emergency in the town of Bratunac (eastern Bosnia) as wildfires approached from 4 directions.
  • Residents and tourists are being evacuated from the town TouKonjic (southern Bosnia) as multiple wildfires engulf the surrounding areas.

Authorities both in Serbia and Croatia have issued extreme heat warnings, instructing people to stay indoors to avoid dehydration and heatstroke.

  • Italy. The Ministry of Health raised the extreme heat warning to the maximum level ‘red’  after heatwave enveloped 8  cities including the capital Rome.
    • Wildfires were reported at multiple locations across southern Italy.
  • France. Heatwave has also affected most parts of France since last week.
    • In southern France, temperatures exceeded 40ºC (104 degrees).
  • Spain. A major wildfire fueled by the extreme heatwave has scorched more than 8,000 hectares in the central Spanish province of Leon, reports said.
    • Fires in Spain have consumed about 150,000 hectares of wild land killing several people this summer.
  • Greece.  Hundreds of fires were ignited across the Greek Islands over the weekend, scorching thousands of  acres of forest.
  • Belgium and Germany have also been affected by the heatwave since late last week.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • Ecuador. Tungurahua volcano (summit elevation: 5,030 m) near Banos erupted again on Tuesday, August 20, 2012 spewing lava, ash and volcanic debris  into the air.  Authorities raised the alert level to ‘orange, and evacuated some of nearby residents, while advising others to leave the are voluntarily.
    • Tungurahua’s last major eruption occurred from 1916 to 1918, but the volcano became active again in October 1999.


Tungurahua volcano seen from Huambalo, Ecuador, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. (Photo: Dolores Ochoa/AP). Image may be subject to copyright.

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