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Greek volcano reawakens

Potential eruption wouldn’t be anything like Santorini’s storied Bronze Age blowout

4:14pm, March 14, 2012

The Greek islands of Santorini, site of one of history’s most colossal volcanic eruptions, are rumbling again.

Since January 2011, earthquakes have shaken the landscape and the Santorini volcano’s surface has lifted by about 140 millimeters — possibly because magma is rising from the deep and filling an underground chamber, scientists report in an upcoming Geophysical Research Letters.

It’s far from certain whether Santorini will erupt, the researchers say. Even if it does, the eruption won’t be anything like the infamous blast that occurred around 1600 B.C., says Andrew Newman, a geophysicist at the Georgia Institute

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