Methana volcano

Lava domes 740 m
Saronic Gulf, Greece, 37.62°N / 23.34°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
Methana's historic lava dome which formed in 238 BC.
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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Typical eruption style: Effusive, construction of lava domes, hydrothermal explosions.
Methana volcano eruptions: around 1700 (submarine eruption of "Pavsanias", aprox. 1,5 km north-west of Methana), 238 B.C (near Kameni Hora)

TimeMag. / DepthDistance/Location
Saturday, October 16, 2021 01:15 GMT (1 earthquake)
Oct 16, 2021 4:15 am (GMT +3) (Oct 16, 2021 01:15 GMT)

58 km
25 km (16 mi)
Nomos Argolidos, Peloponnese, Greece
Saturday, October 9, 2021 14:45 GMT (1 earthquake)
Oct 9, 2021 5:45 pm (GMT +3) (Oct 9, 2021 14:45 GMT)

10.5 km
44 km (27 mi)
6.2 km south of Corinto, Corinthia, Peloponnese, Greece
Friday, October 8, 2021 14:31 GMT (1 earthquake)
Oct 8, 2021 5:31 pm (GMT +3) (Oct 8, 2021 14:31 GMT)

10.6 km
25 km (16 mi)
Aegean Sea, 30 km southeast of Nisi Agkistri Island, Attica, Greece
Sunday, October 3, 2021 22:40 GMT (1 earthquake)
Oct 4, 2021 1:40 am (GMT +3) (Oct 3, 2021 22:40 GMT)

16 km
25 km (16 mi)
Nomos Piraios, 21 km southwest of Piraeus, Attica, Greece


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.

Methana Photos

Blocky lavas from the historic lava dome (around 256 BC) on Methana, Greece. Island of Angistri in the Saronic Gulf in background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Blocky lavas from the historic lava dome (around 256 BC) on Methana, Greece. Island of Angistri in the Saronic Gulf in background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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