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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-06

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  • [01] Major fire in Evros, villages evacuated
  • [02] World's longest tusks

  • [01] Major fire in Evros, villages evacuated

    Two villages were evacuated and traffic on the Egnatia Highway between the Makri and Ardani junctions was interrupted as a result of a forest fire with two fronts that broke out around midday on Sunday near Aetochori and Melias in the prefecture of Evros.

    The fire spread quickly because of strong winds of up to 7 Beaufort blowing in the area, prompting authorities to evacuate the settlements Pefka and Loutra as a precaution. Drivers on the section of the Egnatia highway going through the area were diverted onto the Alexandroupolis-Ferres national road.

    Deployed to battle the blaze were a number of fire engines, two Canadair water-bombing aircraft, two fire-fighting helicopters, machinery supplied by Evros local authorities and private owners, as well as army vehicles.

    By nightfall, however, when aircraft could no longer take part in the fire-fighting effort, the blaze was not yet under control, with smoke and ash reaching as far as Alexandroupolis.

    [02] World's longest tusks

    A fossil mastodon tusk found in the northern Greek region of Grevena was officially entered into the Guiness Book of Records on Saturday as the longest ever found.

    Truly mammoth at 5.02 metres in length, the pair of tusks dates back three million years and belongs to the extinct mastodon species Mammut borsoni. The previous record for the world's longest tusk was also held by a tusk found in the Grevena region in 1997, with a length of 4.39 metres.

    In a special event at the Milia Natural History Museum, where the tusks and other paleontological finds discovered in a local dig are on display, the Guinness Book of Records also awarded the museum and Grevena local authorities for their contribution to the work being carried out by Thessaloniki University's Geology Department.

    After receiving the prize, Grevena prefect Dimosthenis Kouptsidis outlined plans for a modern Paleontology Centre in the Milia are, at a site near the excavation area.

    Caption: File photograph of the two record-breaking mastodon tusks found by palaeontologists at Milia, in the Grevena region of northern Greece. ANA-MPA/Ath. Kastrinaki

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