Nea Kameni Volcano
Welcome to the Nea Kameni Volcano. Welcome to the firebrand of World History, place that is main character of many stories about Santorini Archipelago.
Santorini volcano has erupted 11 times so far, but it is believed that ~1630 BC eruption, which was one of the most explosive in history, created the huge Caldera that you can see. At the same time, previous island Strogili (round) collapsed 500m in the big blue of Aegean Sea. There is a theory that this eruption, also called Minoan eruption, indirectly affected the disappearance of Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, by creating a gigantic tsunami. Minoan civilization was considered to be the most culturally advanced society of that time.
Another known theory says that this eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis.
Most recent eruption occurred in January 1950 when volcano dropped lava within a range of 850 meters, and explosions lasted for three weeks.
Today volcano is protected scientific site and it is monitored to record any volcanic activity. Nea Kameni is visited daily by dozens of tourist boats. It has been more than 50 years without serious activity. Are we going to witness history repeating? Let’s hope not, but we cannot rule out the possibility of another catastrophe.