The restless Thera volcano — believed to be the original cause of the downfall of the Minoan civilization in Crete more than 3,000 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 and terrified locals, whose homes were perched high up on the cliffs of the caldera, or rim of what was left after the last big eruption.
The photo above was taken on January 25, 1928.
Today the volcano serves as the backdrop to tens of thousands of tourists, wedding photos and selfies on the popular Greek island. People flock to the tiny volcanic island in Santorini’s harbor to dip into the hot springs and walk the smoldering hills.
The volcano remains active but has not erupted since 1950.
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