Santorini volcano, which could destroy the legendary continent of Atlantis, and destroyed the Minoan civilization on Crete, came out of years of hibernation. The researchers do not rule out a new large-scale eruption, and it can end in disaster, writes Livescience.
The last small eruption on Santorini was in 1950, and the major was not fixed the last few thousand years. However, recent studies have documented the growth of the activity at the volcano, located on the same island in the Aegean Sea. Sensors installed on Santorini GPS shifted in January — June of last year by 5 — 32 millimeter and two more sensors installed last fall, was dismissed in January of this year to 180 millimeters. This indicates that the activity of geologic processes increases.
Tremors in Santorini due to the fact that, at a distance of 2.5 — 3 km from the surface has accumulated about 14 million cubic meters. m magma explain volcanologists. Although these processes are not necessarily lead to the eruption, scientists do not exclude the possibility of the explosion of the volcano and warned that even a small eruption could lead to a dangerous ash emissions, landslides and tsunamis.
In this case, do not take volcanologists predict whether people fear a new major eruption. "We can not say with certainty that it will not erupt. Every volcano is different, and therefore we can not apply their knowledge of the other volcanoes of Santorini" — says geophysicist at Georgia Institute of Technology Andrew Newman.
That Santorini, in the opinion of some researchers, was responsible for the death of the legendary Atlantis. The island of Atlantis, which, according to one version, was in the Mediterranean, could destroy the eruption that occurred 12 thousand years ago.
According to another version, the Atlantis was the Minoan civilization, which existed in 2600 — 1450 years. BC in Crete. It became clear in recent years, scientists, 3600 years ago, in a powerful eruption on Santorini explosion, after which the nearby Crete giant tsunami struck, the erased from the world of the Minoans.
It should be noted that recently, scientists have linked to the explosion of Santorini one of the plagues, as described in the Bible. As a result of the disaster in the atmosphere were tons of volcanic ash that covered the sun and fell on the ground. This phenomenon Egyptians were considered as a punishment that brought them God …and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days "