Just now, we had a 4.9 earthquake shake the house! Now that will break up the “Isolate at home” doldrums for sure! Daryl and I looked at each other and held our breath!…..then, the quaking stopped. We are fine.. it lasted about 8 seconds is all, and strong enough to rattle dishes and windows.
It is 5:36PM. The shifting plate below us caused the earthquake. It was 35 miles in depth, and southeast of our location. (epicenter)
Greece is the most “seismic” country in Europe and the 6th most seismic country around the globe. Dozens of earthquakes occur everyday, and the majority of them cannot be felt. In fact, an earthquake is only “felt,” one to three times a year and not in all locations. Today was one if those rare days!
…But that’s not all, for our excitement today, because earlier this morning, after we were up and enjoying coffee, we heard what sounded like a “fly-over” of many jets. We raced to the window and looked out at the sky, but were instantly drawn to the caldera. We saw no jets, or planes, nor did the roaring go away for about two minutes. It was so loud!
Then it stopped.
These are descriptions of noises an active volcano can make: Loud explosions, bubbles bursting, rumbling, hissing, and roaring like a jet engine.
Well, the volcano definitely sounded like many roaring jet engine for sure!
I read up on the Santorini Caldera, after we arrived on Santorini last month, because we could hear the booming sounds; day and night. This sound is periodic, and similar to the boom of a cannon. The last time the Volcano erupted here was in 1950. Though the volcano no longer has a mountain top, volcanos can and do erupt underwater.
The noise echos across the water to the village of Fira, where we are staying. Situated on the edge of the caldera, this village offers a spectacular view from over 1,300 feet above the Aegean Sea.
Although dormant, Santorini is an active volcano. Numerous minor and medium-sized, mainly effusive, eruptions have built the dark-colored lava shields of Nea and Palea Kameni inside the caldera. Their last eruption was in 1950, and now only fumarolic activity, primarily inside the recently active craters, takes place.
The experts say it will erupt again, but they don’t know when. When it does go, they also say the cliffs of Fira and Thira, will crumble into the sea…..Tis a sad thought, indeed!