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Milos volcano

estratovolcanes, cráteres freático, domos de lava 748 m
Grecia, 36.67°N / 24.48°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
Last update: 26 Mar 2019
Elevated submarine volcanic ash deposits of the spectacular Sarakiniko coast of Milos

Milos is a volcanic island in the southern Aegean Sea and well known for its extensive mineral deposits and fine beaches. It is part of the Hellenic volcanic arc, that also comprises the volcanic islands of Santorini and Nisyros. Considered dormant, Milos presents strong hydrothermal activity, caused by subduction of the African under the Aegean plate.

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Typical eruption style: Explosiones hidrotermales, explosivas
Erupciones del volcán Milos: approx 2000 years ago: phreatic explosions
70.000 - 90.000 years ago (Tsingrado volcanic craters)

Latest nearby earthquakes

Fecha / HoraRevista / ProfundidadDistanciaUbicación
Tue, 2 Mar 2021 (GMT) (1 terremoto)
2 mar 2021 21:55 (GMT +2) (2 Mar 2021 19:55:43 GMT)

10.9 km - More
94 kmMar Egeo, 88 km al noroeste de La Canea, Creta, Grecia
Sun, 28 Feb 2021 (GMT) (1 terremoto)
28 feb 2021 08:34 (GMT +0) (28 Feb 2021 08:34:55 GMT)

33 km - More
98 km18 km al sureste de Naxos, Nomos Kykladon, South Aegean, Grecia
Sat, 27 Feb 2021 (GMT) (1 terremoto)
27 feb 2021 10:59 (GMT +2) (27 Feb 2021 08:59:48 GMT)

10 km - More
105 kmMar Egeo, 54 km al sur de Nisi Agkistri, Attica, Grecia
Fri, 26 Feb 2021 (GMT) (2 temblores)
26 feb 2021 13:45 (GMT +2) (26 Feb 2021 11:45:28 GMT)

33 km - More
93 kmMar Egeo, 91 km al oeste de Milos, Nomos Kykladon, South Aegean, Grecia
26 feb 2021 02:31 (GMT +2) (26 Feb 2021 00:31:53 GMT)

8.9 km - More
154 kmEastern Mediterranean, 70 km al noroeste de La Canea, Creta, Grecia


Milos is a mainly volcanic island (like the neighbour islands of Kimolos, Polyaigis, Antimilos, Glaronisia and Akradia islands). Some older metamorphic rocks are exposed, that were formed many millions of years before the existence of the island (schists, prasinites, calc-schists, etc.). Later these layers were covered by sea-sediments. Volcanism on Milos started in upper Pliocene and continued until late Pleistocene. The last volcanic eruptions on Milos (90.000 B.C.) took place in the area of Tsingrado volcano. Volcanicm on Milos is similar to the other parts of the Hellenic Volcanic Arc comprising also Methana, Santorini and Nisyros.

It is caused by the geodynamic convergence of the African and Aegean plates. The collission and subduction of the African plate produces calcalkalines (andesitic, dacitic) magmas and rocks. The eruptive phases on Milos produced mainly acidic tuffs & pumice, pyroclastic flow and lahar deposits. During extrusive phases a number of andesitic volcanic domes were built and some lavaflows emplaced. Towards the "end" of the most recent volcanic activity many phreatic explosions produced small craters (like near Agia Kyriaki or Achivadolimni) visible still today. Most of the volcanic rocks on Milos were strongly hydrothermally altered, which makes Milos become an important supplier for mining minerals like baryte, silver, perlite, caolin, bentonite and in the future perhaps even gold (Hontrovouno). Studies show the presence of a high-temperature hydrothermal system (up to 310 deg. C) below the island, responsible for the abundance of active fumaroles (e.g. in the Kalamos area). This reservoir might be related to an active magma chamber and therefore, future volcanic activity on the island can not be excluded.

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