Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Is The Destruction of Atlantis Doomed To Repeat Itself?

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Santorini, Thera, Atlantis

Santorini Bulges as Magma Balloons Underneath

Satellites, GPS confirm "Atlantis" island's swelling.

By Brian Handwerk
National Geographic News

     Santorini locals began to suspect last year that something was afoot with the volcano under their Greek island group. Wine glasses occasionally vibrated and clinked in cafes, suggesting tiny tremors, and tour guides smelled strange gasses.

Now satellite radar technology has revealed the source of the symptoms. A rush of molten rock swelled the magma chamber under the volcano by some 13 to 26 million cubic yards (10 to 20 million cubic meters)—about 15 times the volume of London's Olympic Stadium—between January 2011 and April 2012. The ballooning chamber even forced parts of the island's surface to rise upward and outward by 3 to 5.5 inches (8 to 14 centimeters).

The volcano has been quiet for 60 years, and these recent events don't indicate an imminent eruption, said geologist Nomikou Paraskevi of the University of Athens.

"It is a reminder that Santorini is an active volcano. . . .

* Special Thanks To Andrew Ackerley

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