Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Courtesy of NASA

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The Santorini Volcano Islands in the Aegean Sea covers an area of 18 x 18 km. The volcano erupted in 1650 BCE and was one of the largest in recorded history. The outline of central crater or caldera is all that is visible above the water's surface.

The largest island is Thera. The next smaller is Therasia. The Kameni Islands in the center of the caldera were fomed from the volcano's continued eruptions. The last eruption was in 1950.

The eruption of Santorini may have been the source of the myth of Atlantis and may have lead to the end of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete.