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Nea Kameni movement captured by Envisat

22 May 2012

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Archived data from the Envisat satellite show that the volcanic island of Santorini has recently displayed signs of unrest as revealed by studies presented at the international Forum on Satellite Earth Observation for Geohazard Risk Management which took place at the island itself this week.

Even after the end of its mission, Envisat information continues to be exploited for the long-term monitoring of volcanoes.

Santorini is a picturesque Greek island in the south Aegean Sea and the most active volcanic centre in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc.

The island is the site of one of history's largest volcanic eruptions, about 3600 years ago. The geological record over the past million years reveals an extensive history of eruptions, with the most recent occurring in 1950.

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