On This Day January 25, 1928: Santorini’s Restless Volcano


The restless Thera volcano— believed to be the original cause of the downfall of the Minoan civilization in Crete and throughout the Aegean more than two thousand years ago, erupted numerous times in the 20th century, beginning in 1925 and continuing for almost four years. Explosions sent ash two miles into the air.


This photo was snapped on January 25, 1928. The volcano– backdrop to tens of thousands of tourists, wedding photos and selfies on the popular Greek island, remains active today. People flock to the tiny volcanic island in Santorini’s harbor to dip into the hot springs and walk the sometimes-smouldering hills.



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