Volcanoes in Greece

With 1 volcanoes in Greece there have been a total of 4 significant eruptions over the past 2,000 years. Over one hundred people were killed. The worst volcanic eruption in terms of deaths, destroyed houses and financial damages happened on 09/26/1650 with the eruption of "Santorini". Here, 120 people died.

Out of 6 volcanos in Greece, 3 are considered still active. Additionally there is one active submarine volcano off the coast.

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Significant volcanic eruptions in Greece in the last 2000 years

The following list shows all volcanic eruptions of the last 2,000 years with significant damage. The column "VEI" stands for the volcano explosivity index, which represents the strength of the eruption from a geological point of view. This takes into account the height and volume of the rocks ejected. The scale ranges from 0-8, with the severity of the eruption increasing tenfold with each value. For example, a VEI of 1 means that the volcano throws lava and rock masses of 100,000 to 1 million cubic meters up to 1 kilometer high. From VEI 8, a volcano is considered a super volcano. Here, more than 1,000 cubic kilometers of tephra are thrown to altitudes of more than 25 kilometers.

The highest explosivity index in Greece reached in the review period was VEI 4 in 1650. The volcano Santorini threw tephramasses of at least 100 million cubic meters over 10 kilometers high. Volcanoes of this size do not normally erupt more frequently than every 10 years.

EruptionVolcanoVEIDeathsTotal damage

All volcanoes in Greece

VolcanoElevationStatusLast eruption
Kameno Vouno760 mActive
Kos Island430 mSolfatara stage
Milos751 mSolfatara stage
Nisiros698 mActive
Santorini130 mActive01/23/1928
Susaki180 mSolfatara stage

These statistics are based on datas from the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program (GVP), and the Significant Volcanic Eruptions Database of the National Geophysical Data Center (NOAA) / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS) doi:10.7289/V5JW8BSH. Several data have been summarized and translated.
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