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Giant ‘balloon of magma’ inflating under Greek island could cause first eruption in over 60 years

September 10, 2012 1 comment

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A giant ‘balloon of magma’ is inflating under the volcanic Greek island of Santorini, warns a new study.

The balloon is so big it has forced the island upwards by 14cm between January 2011 and April this year.

It has also triggered a series of small earthquakes, the first seismic activity in 25 years – raising fears that the volcano could erupt for the first time since 1950.

Volcanic crater on Nea Kameni, Santorini, Greece. The chamber of molten rock beneath Santorini's volcano expanded 10 to 20 million cubic metresVolcanic crater on Nea Kameni, Santorini, Greece. The chamber of molten rock beneath Santorini’s volcano expanded 10 to 20 million cubic metres

The chamber of molten rock beneath the volcano has expanded 10 to 20 million cubic metres – up to 15 times the size of London’s Olympic Stadium – between the time – according to a survey conducted by a team led by Oxford University scientists.

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