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Smooth fracture surfaces at the lava dome: trees, having their roots reach into the tiniest crevasses, are clinging onto the vertical walls like free-climbers.
Smooth fracture surfaces at the lava dome: trees, having their roots reach into the tiniest crevasses, are clinging onto the vertical walls like free-climbers.

Methana volcan

Lava domes 740 m
Saronic Gulf, Greece, 37.62°N / 23.34°E
Condition actuelle: normal / en sommeil (1 sur 5)
Methana's historic lava dome which formed in 238 BC.

Methana peninsula, located opposite Aegina Island in the Saronic Gulf of Greece, is the northwestern, still weakly active part of the Aegean volcanic arc.
An eruption in 238 BC built a small lava dome on the northern tip of the peninsula and was described by Greek and Roman historians (e.g. Pausanias). Methana peninsula is famous for its hot springs and thermal baths, hence its name.

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Style éruptif tipique: Effusive, construction of lava domes, hydrothermal explosions.
Eruptions du volcan Methana: around 1700 (submarine eruption of "Pavsanias", aprox. 1,5 km north-west of Methana), 238 B.C (near Kameni Hora)

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Sun, 9 May 2021 (GMT) (1 séisme)
9 May 2021 00:38:30 GMT

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kmMer Égée, 44 km au sud de Nisi Agkistri, Attica, Grèce
Fri, 7 May 2021 (GMT) (1 séisme)
7 May 2021 19:52:55 GMT

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kmMer Égée, 23 km à l'ouest de Athènes, Nomarchia Athinas, Attica, Grèce
Thu, 6 May 2021 (GMT) (1 séisme)
6 May 2021 23:39:42 GMT

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km15 Km E From Aigina, Greece
Wed, 5 May 2021 (GMT) (1 séisme)
5 May 2021 01:34:20 GMT

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km22 Km WNW From Aigina, Greece
Sun, 2 May 2021 (GMT) (1 séisme)
2 May 2021 11:54:24 GMT

33 km - Plus
kmMer Égée, 24 km au nord-ouest de Nisi Agkistri, Attica, Grèce


Methana volcanic system comprises a group of 32 lava mostly dacitic lava domes, whose formation started about 1-2 million years ago. The latest activity was likely around 1700 AD in form of a submarine eruption off the northern coast.
An active hydrothermal system characterizes the area, controlled by a E-W fault system that crosses the town of Methana where thermal springs are found.

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