It’s a Slip and Slide in the Winter

Welcome to the what to do and what not to do while in the island of Santorini. One important aspect to know is that though the world renown cliffs of Santorini are beautiful they are misunderstood because of their dangers. Though Santorini is gorgeous, the island is filled with hazards of mass wasting. Mass wasting is an event where any type of material where it … Continue reading It’s a Slip and Slide in the Winter

Quake and Shake: Santorini’s Earthquake Crisis

Santorini, Greece is one of the most picturesque vacation destinations in the world. With its classic white and blue buildings, traditional cobblestone streets, and a tropical sunset overlooking the Aegean, it’s no wonder Santorini was the chosen cinematic location for many famous movies including Mamma Mia and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. However, due to its volcanic history and tectonic location within the Aegean, … Continue reading Quake and Shake: Santorini’s Earthquake Crisis

Life’s gain to earth’s drain: Flooding in Santorini

Water is necessary for all life, yet if not properly prepared for; it can, in excess be destructive, both physically and economically. When most people think about flooding they picture houses and cars partially submerged after a massive event. While this does happen, flooding on a smaller scale happens on a daily basis all around the world. In Santorini specifically, abundant rainfall during the winter … Continue reading Life’s gain to earth’s drain: Flooding in Santorini

CALDERA PRESS: TSUNAMI SMACKS SANTORINI

March 14, 2021 It wasn’t even a wave – it was like a brick wall of water. You blinked one minute and it was already hitting the rocks.” Around 3:20 pm yesterday, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake occurred just southwest of Antikythera in the Aegean Sea. The impact of the quake sent a fast-moving wave of water ripping through the Mediterranean at speeds of upwards of … Continue reading CALDERA PRESS: TSUNAMI SMACKS SANTORINI

An Explosive Story from Under the Sea

For hundreds of years, I have been swimming under the surface of the water, earning my name; Kolumbo. I have the ability to create land and life, but I can also take these away. My constant enemy, the ocean, tries to suppress me, believing the false pretense that I am only capable of death and destruction. But I have been here, giving and taking, just … Continue reading An Explosive Story from Under the Sea

Once Upon a Geologic Hazard

There lived a mighty kingdom ruled by a beloved king and queen. Hundreds of years before them, their ancestors settled on the Isle of Santorini on a high mountain with layers of black rock believing it to be a strong foundation for a strong kingdom. As the years passed on, the kingdom grew larger and more prosperous. In the year 1950, the Dragon Wars of … Continue reading Once Upon a Geologic Hazard

Surviving Shattered Glass

As a little girl, I was told horror stories by my grandma about our ancestors and the monstrous wave that hit our little island of Santorini Greece, devouring everything in its path. I listened, eyes wide with terror as she detailed how at first the people living on the island were in awe and thought they had been blessed because the retreating ocean had left … Continue reading Surviving Shattered Glass

By day, black skies; By night, a pillar of brimstone

The earliest warning we had was swarms of gulls; flocks and flocks of sea birds speckling the skies as they came to rest upon the shores. This was days before the first tremors came, aftershocks from far off past the horizon where sky and sea kiss. I hope you never have to feel such trembles of the stable Earth, child. We had no idea what was hot on the tail feathers of the gulls.

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