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Earthquake swarms could indicate eruption near Nisyros, Greece

Tuesday Dec 04, 2012 10:33 AM | BY: VOLCANOBULLETIN

A seismic swarm of 2000 microearthquakes near the island of Nisyros since 24 November could indicate a start of a or coming of a volcanic eruption near Nisyros.
The quakes are located between the area of Simi Island (Greece) and the Bozburun peninsula of SW Turkey: click here for a map and list of quakes.

Information is still scanty, but seismic signals from this possible eruption are very similar to those recorded from current volcanic eruptions.

If an eruption is taking place, it would form a new submarine volcano near Nisyros.

No proof has yet been found to prove that an eruption may be taking place. Some sources think the swarm may be tectonic (as the Aegean sea is very seismically active). The VolcanoDiscovery alert will be kept at Green until further evidence is found.
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