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Caldera (complex stratovolcano) 329 m (on caldera rim) / 128 m (top of most recent lava shield, Nea Kameni)
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Santorini volcano, Greece: new radar measurements show decreasing trend of uplift in 2012

Wednesday May 23, 2012 17:41 PM | BY: T

Time series showing ground deformation between March 2011 and February 2012 for selected locations on Nea Kameni Volcano. (Credits: Harokopio University of Athens)
Time series showing ground deformation between March 2011 and February 2012 for selected locations on Nea Kameni Volcano. (Credits: Harokopio University of Athens)
A new study was published about the recent uplift detected on the volcanic island of Nea Kameni in the center of the Santorini caldera. The data were obtained using ESA's Envisat satellite and the measurements show that the northeastern part of Nea Kameni experienced an uplift of about 5 cm in 2011, while other areas of the volcano rose some 3–4 cm. This inflation was associated with the elevated seismic activity during the past months and can be interpreted caused by the injection of fresh magma under the the volcano.
The latest data also show that during the first months of 2012, the rate of uplift has decreased. This correlates well with a decrease in seismicity.
A possible interpretation could be that the intrusion of magma is coming to an end, and an eruption in the near to medium future is less and less likely.
"After evaluation of local seismic activity, deformation and physicochemical changes, [we] concluded that during the last months the volcano presents a very limited activity, much lower than that of 2011," said Prof. Kosmas Stylianidis, Head of the Special Scientific Committee for the Monitoring of Santorini Volcano.

(Thanks to eruption reader SherineFrance for locating the article)
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Wednesday, Apr 04, 2012
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