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

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

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

Earthquakes and Buildings: A Rocky Relationship

I never traveled outside of the United States before. Therefore, I was never thrown into another culture. When we arrived in Santorini, I remember asking myself why the buildings looked so different. I found out that those buildings were just in the process of being built! It intrigued me to find out more about the buildings here. Where I am from, you often see complex structures made of wood, then insulation and dry wall. Before you know it, the homes are built! Continue reading “Earthquakes and Buildings: A Rocky Relationship”