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Northwestern Peloponnese is like the Bermuda Triangle

26 March 2009 / 11:03:01  GRReporter
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Greek scientists compare Northwestern Peloponnese with the Bermuda Triangle. Each year, through this area, passes a destructive tornado and scientists cannot give scientific explanation of it. Yesterday, a strong storm took the lives of the Bulgarian farmers working in the region and their third colleague is in critical condition in the hospital in Rio. The tornado caught up with them when they were travelling on the old road between Patra and Pirgos. It swept their car and with it, the lives of two of the passengers.

Meteorologist Mihalis Sutas from the Meteorological Center in Thessaloniki has been researching for years the tornado appearance in Peloponnese. He claims that in the Northwestern part of the peninsula, there is a mixture of different climate factors, which makes it ideal for powerful tornados. “This is a region, where it rains a lot. The fall in the barometer, the difference in the pressure, the closeness of the sea with land, the movement of the atmosphere from West to East, create an explosive combination, which is a fruitful soil for extreme nature phenomena like the tornado,” claims the meteorologist for Ta Nea and Ethnos newspapers.

The many researches of Mihalis Sutas show that the most dangerous storms form over the sea and after that they move over land. Each year, in different parts of Greece, there are about 20 tornados on average. Yesterday’s deadly tornado was 1.5 km high, it was moving with about 200km/h, and it lasted for 10 minutes causing strong hale.

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