Greece’s Santorini volcano, only the location of one of the scariest natural events in the past 10,000 years (to put it in perspective, longer than Jessica Simpson was pregnant) and the place believed to have sparked the legend of the lost city of Atlantis, is totally pooling a gigantic gulf of molten hot lava under the surface of the Earth.
Greece’s Santorini volcano has been the subject of heightened interest after increased seismic activity under the volcano itself, an event that tends to get humans a bit antsy — as some of the first historical events of which we learn involve entire civilizations becoming frozen for centuries in rocks so hot they turned to liquid and killed everyone.
The looming specter of liquid fire rocks aside, the Santorini volcano is just an interesting bit of nature … one that sits above a chamber of lava that has increased in size by as much as as 350 million cubic feet in the past year and a half, according to LiveScience.
Oxford researcher David Pyle casually discusses the liquid fire churning beneath the Earth’s surface, saying of the volcano:
“Before this work, we didn’t really know how the volcano behaved during the periods of time between eruptions … Now, it looks as though the magma chambers beneath volcanoes like Santorini grow in spurts.”
The science site goes on to note that when the Santorini volcano erupted back in 1620 BC, it created massive tsunamis that devastated much of the civilization in the vicinity of the Aegean Sea, killing many of those who managed to escape death by lava immersion.
Pyle says that the chance the Santorini volcano will erupt any time soon is slim:
“Although Santorini is well known for its large explosive eruptions, these probably only happen every 20,000 years or so.”