Greece Wildfires-Evia: Wildfires are continuing to rip through the Greek island of Evia with strong winds driving flames towards villages.
- More than 2,000 people have already been evacuated from the island, many of those by ferry.
- Greece and neighbouring Turkey are experiencing their most severe heatwave in 30 years in which temperatures have spiked to 45C (113F) in Greece.
- A number of wildfires have struck the country in recent days.
- On Evia, two fire fronts have destroyed thousands of hectares of land, along with a number of houses and businesses.
- One blaze in the northern suburb of Athens is said to have subsided.
- Heatwaves such as this are becoming more likely and more extreme because of human-induced climate change.
- The subsequent hot, dry weather is likely to fuel wildfires.
- Evia or Euboea is the second-largest Greek island in area and population, after Crete.
- It is located in Central Greece in the Aegean Sea.
- The narrow Euripus Strait separates Evia from Boeotia in mainland Greece.
- Euboea was believed to have originally formed part of the mainland, and to have been separated from it by an earthquake. This is fairly probable because it lies in the neighbourhood of a fault line.