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November 8, 2011

Santorini underwater

by Penny BroJacquie
 Santorini is a Greek island located in the southern Aegean Sea and it is the remnant of a volcanic caldera.

Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion, known as the Minoan eruption: one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history which is estimated to have occurred in the mid second millennium BCE. Not only the nearby Minoan settlement at Akrotiri was devasted but it is believed that it had a catastrophic impact to the Minoan population on Crete.

Some scientists also believe that the eruption caused significant climatic changes in the Northern Hemisphere and there is evidence indicating that from China to California.

it has been speculated that Santorini inspired Plato’s story of Atlantis, the legendary island which sank into the ocean “in a single day and night of misfortune”.

The most recent eruption recorded in 1950. Since then the volcano has been quiescent.

Scuba diving in waters like that wouldn’t be more challenging. Vassilis Kouloumperis and some friends of him took this challenge, they went underwater and the slideshow above is the result of their adventure.

Click here to start the slideshow

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