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

A Greek Recipe for a Big Wave

τσουνάμι
Tsunami (Greek)

Hey there! My name is Sierra and I am currently studying the geologic hazards associated with Santorini, Greece. As a class we’ve hiked basement rock, sketched a cinder cone, and observed ash deposits – all clear remnants of volcanic activity. One hazard you may not be quick to think of is tsunami, but being an island, the risk is always there. Don’t worry though, I’ve included a quick recipe to reference from home:

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How Santorini Came to Be

Hi everyone! My name is Petra and I will be leading you on a tour of Santorini, an island in the Aegean Sea with an explosive past. I’ve included a photo of myself above so you will recognize me as we go exploring. Let’s begin by looking at the different types of volcanoes! The photo above shows the six different types of volcanoes that can … Continue reading How Santorini Came to Be

A History of Destruction – What Future Awaits?

I came to this island knowing little of what to expect. I traveled halfway across the world, across the Atlantic Ocean, to a country I’ve never been to before. It’s my first time leaving the U.S. and traveling to a country different from my own. In the beginning, I applied to the program on a whim and I was ecstatic that I was accepted into … Continue reading A History of Destruction – What Future Awaits?

A Beautiful Place with a Frightening Reality

After living in California on the San Andreas fault, I never realized how many people did not know how dangerous it was and all of the misconceptions people had about the fault. Before I started taking geology classes, I was definitely one of those people. I knew that it was there, but I really did not know much about it. I didn’t know the risks … Continue reading A Beautiful Place with a Frightening Reality

How it’s Made: The Formation of Santorini

As we arrived in Santorini, I wondered how this island was created. How did this island become this unique and geologically complex crescent shape? So, as a person who needs their questions answered, I investigated this topic, and the results were more than satisfying. From just a few limestone and metamorphic hills to massive caldera-forming eruptions, Santorini definitely had a more complex history than I … Continue reading How it’s Made: The Formation of Santorini

Cape Plaka: A Trail Through History

The day was June 06, 2018. My day began atop a landscape overlooking the Aegean Sea. The heat was blistering and the air was humid, but I will not forget what I saw this day. To the front of me is the Aegean Sea, but positioned to my right is the explosive history of Santorini. I examined the wall, taking in each gradational layer piled … Continue reading Cape Plaka: A Trail Through History