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Santorini volcano
Caldera (complex stratovolcano) 329 m (on caldera rim) / 128 m (top of most recent lava shield, Nea Kameni)
Cyclades, Greece, 36.4°N / 25.4°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) Santorini volcano eruptions:
1613 BC +-7 years (the so-called "Minoan eruption", one of the largest plinian eruptions during the past 10,000 years on earth)
historic eruptions: 197 BC, 46/47 AD, 726, 1570-1573, 1707-1711, 1866-1870, 1925-1928, 1939-1941, 1950
Typical eruption style:
Dominantly explosive, with effusive activity during intervals. Powerful explosive, so-called Plinian eruptions appear to occur every 10-30,000 years. Construction of lava shields and minor to irregularly spaced subplinian explosive activity during interval times.

Santorini volcano tours:
Santorini Geology Tour (private tours to discover Santorini's geology with a volcanologist, 1-3 days)
Light of the Aegean (Photo tour to Santorini, Cyclades, Greece)
Pearl of the Aegean - Santorini (8-day walking and study tour on Santorini, Greece)
Santorini & Milos (9-day combination geo tour to Santorini and Milos Islands, Greece)

Santorini volcano (Greece): news

Presentation about the 4 Greek volcanoes in Greece on 29 October

Fri, 31 Oct 2008, 14:52
14:52 PM | BY: TS
The historic volcano of Methana
The historic volcano of Methana
The VolcanoDiscovery presentation of the 4 Greek volcanoes at the German volcanological museum Lava-Dome in Mendig/Germany on Oktober 29th was successful. Tobias Schorr introduced the public to the unknown Greek volcanoes and their geological and cultural history. Milos as the beginning of the first industrial mining in Greek history was the start. He explained how the mining of obsidian was important for prehistoric people and how the tools were used and exported from Milos to other Greek islands. The Minoan eruption of Santorini´s volcano and its impact in prehistoric culture was one of the most interesting facts in his presentation. The public also loved his photos from Methana volcanic peninsula and his presentation of some rock samples after the show. The next presentation will take place in the VHS-Remagen/Germany on 25 November.

Previous news

Sat, 29 Apr 2006, 11:54
Close-up into one of the holes with the branch sticking inside
We are proud to announce a scientific discovery that has been made in close connection to one of our past tours on Santorini: A new absolute date for the great Minoan eruption on Santorini volcano has been published yesterday in the issue of Science Magazine (28 April, 2006). It confirms an early date for the eruption putting it at 1627-1600 BC with very good confidence. ... read all

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