Santorini

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  • Greece
  • Greece
  • Shield(s)
  • 1950 CE
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  • Last Known Eruption
  • 36.404°N
  • 25.396°E

  • 367 m
    1204 ft

  • 212040
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Summary of eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1950 Jan 10 1950 Feb 2 Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Nea Kameni (Liatsikas dome)
1939 Aug 20 1941 Jul 2 ± 1 days Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Nea Kameni (Triton, Ktenas, Fouque domes)
1928 Jan 23 1928 Mar 17 Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Nea Kameni (Naftilos dome)
1925 Aug 11 1926 May Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Nea Kameni (Dafni dome)
1866 Jan 26 1870 Oct 15 Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Georgios, Afroessa and Reka domes
1707 May 23 1711 Sep 14 Confirmed 3 Historical Observations Nea Kameni
1650 Sep 27 1650 Dec 6 Confirmed 4 Historical Observations Colombo Bank (6.5 km NE of Thera)
1570 1573 Confirmed 3 Historical Observations Mikri Kameni
0726 Jul 15 ± 45 days Unknown Confirmed 4 Historical Observations NE side of Thia Island
0046 Dec 31 0047 Feb 1 ± 30 days Confirmed 3 Historical Observations Thia Island
[ 0019 ] [ Unknown ] Discredited    
0197 BCE Unknown Confirmed 3 Historical Observations Hiera Island
1610 BCE ± 14 years Unknown Confirmed 7 Radiocarbon (corrected)

The following references are the sources used for data regarding this volcano. References are linked directly to our volcano data file. Discussion of another volcano or eruption (sometimes far from the one that is the subject of the manuscript) may produce a citation that is not at all apparent from the title. Additional discussion of data sources can be found under Volcano Data Criteria.

Barton M, Huijsmans J P P, 1986. Post-caldera dacites from the Santorini volcanic complex, Aegean Sea, Greece: an example of the eruption of lavas of near-constant composition over a 2,200 year period. Contr Mineral Petr, 94: 472-495.

Druitt T H, Edwards L, Mellors R M, Pyle D M, Sparks R S J, Lanphere M, Davies M, Barreirio B, 1999. Santorini volcano. Geol Soc London Mem, 19: 1-165 and 1:20,000 geol map.

Druitt T H, Francaviglia V, 1992. Caldera formation on Santorini and the physiography of the islands in the late Bronze age. Bull Volc, 54: 484-493.

Druitt T H, Mellors R A, Pyle D M, Sparks R S J, 1989. Explosive volcanism on Santorini, Greece. Geol Mag, 126: 95-126.

Fouque F, 1879. Santorini et ses Eruptions. Masson G (ed), Libraire l'Academie de Medicine, Paris, 440 p (English translation by A R McBirney published by Johns Hopkins Univ Press, 1998).

Friedrich W L, 2000. Fire in the Sea, The Santorini Volcano: Natural History and the Legend of Atlantis. London: Cambridge Univ Press, 258 p.

Friedrich W L, Kromer B, Friedrich M, Heinemeier J, Pfeiffer T, Talamo S, 2006. Santorini eruption radiocarbon dated to 1627-1600 B.C.. Science, 312: 548.

Fytikas M, Kolios N, Vougioukalakis G, 1990. Post-Minoan volcanic activity of the Santorini volcano: volcanic hazard and risk, forecasting possibilities. In: Hardy D (ed) {Thera and the Aegean World III}, London: Thera Foundation, 2: 183-198.

Georgalas G C, 1962. Greece. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 12: 1-40.

Gertisser R, Preece K, Keller J, 2009. The plinian Lower Pumice 2 eruption, Santorini, Greece: magma evolution and volatile behavior. J Volc Geotherm Res, 186: 387-406.

Hardy D (ed), 1990. Thera and the Aegean World III. London: Thera Foundation.

Heiken G, McCoy F, 1984. Caldera development during the Minoan eruption, Thira, Cyclades Greece. J Geophys Res, 89: 8441-8462.

Higgins M D, 1996. Magma dynamics beneath Kameni volcano, Thera, Greece, as revealed by crystal size and shape measurements. J Volc Geotherm Res, 70: 37-48.

Kaloyeropoyloy A (ed), 1971. Acta of the 1st International Science Congress on the Volcano of Thera, held in Greece, 15th-23rd September, 1969. Athens: Arch Serv Greece, 436 p.

Manning S W, Ramsey C B, Kutschera W, Higham T, Kromer B, Steier P, Wild E M, 2006. Chronology for the Aegean Late Bronze Age 1700-1400 B.C.. Science, 312: 565-569.

McCoy F W, Heiken G, 2000. The late-Bronze age explosive eruption of Thera (Santorini), Greece: regional and local effects. In: McCoy F W, Heiken G (eds), {Volcanic Hazards and Disasters in Human Antiquity}, Geol Soc Amer Spec Pap, 345: 43-70.

Sigurdsson H, Carey S, Alexandri M, Vougioukalaki G, Croff K, Roman C, Sakellariou D, Angagnostsu C, Rousakis G, Ioakim C, Gogou A, Ballas D, Misaridis T, Nomikou P, 2006. Marine investigations of Greece's Santorini volcanic field. Eos, Trans Amer Geophys Union, 87: 337, 342.

Taddeucci J, Wohletz K H, 2001. Temporal evolution of the Minoan eruption (Santorini, Greece), as recorded by its Plinian fall deposit and interlayered ash flow beds. J Volc Geotherm Res, 109: 299-317.

Vespa M, Keller J, Gertisser R, 2006. Interplinian explosive activity of Santorini volcano (Greece) during the past 150,000 years. J Volc Geotherm Res, 153: 262-286.

Vougioukalakis G, 1996. Santorini, Guide to "The Volcano". Institute for the Study and Monitoring of the Santorini Volcano, 82 p.

Renowned Santorini (Thera), with its steep-walled caldera rim draped by whitewashed villages overlooking an active volcanic island in the center of a caldera bay, is one of the scenic highlights of the Aegean. The circular island group is composed of overlapping shield volcanoes cut by at least four partially overlapping calderas. The oldest southern caldera was formed about 180,000 years before present (BP), followed by the Skaros caldera about 70,000 years BP, and then the Cape Riva caldera about 21,000 years BP. The youngest caldera formed about 3600 years BP during the Late-Bronze-Age Minoan eruption that forced abandonment of the thriving Aegean Sea island. Post-Minoan eruptions beginning in 197 BCE constructed a series of lava domes and flows that form two islands near the center of the caldera. A submarine eruption took place in 1650 AD outside the caldera NE of Thera. The latest eruption at Santorini produced a small lava dome and flow in 1950, accompanied by explosive activity.