Deadly tsunamis in the late Bronze Age may have been driven by lava flow
By Shivali Best
November 9, 2016
The legend of Atlantis is one of the oldest myths of mankind, first told by Plato in around 360 BC, describing a prosperous land that disappeared without a trace and sunk into the sea.
Many people believe that Santorini was once Atlantis, where a destructive eruption generated tsunamis that wiped out the Minoan culture.
A new study suggests that the tsunamis may have been generated by the pyroclastic flow of volcanic material into the sea – a theory that challenges previous explanations.
A new study suggests that the tsunamis may have been generated by the pyroclastic flow of volcanic material into the sea – a theory that challenges previous explanations for the tsunamis that led to the demise of Minoan culture
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The eruption of Santorini in 1500 BC caused huge tsunamis that have been proposed as a factor leading to the end of the Minoan culture.
Evidence for waves at least nine meters high has been found at several sites on the nearby Greek Island of Crete.
Preview studies have suggested that the collapse of the volcanic crater (caldera) into the sea caused the tsunami.
But researchers from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens put forward a different theory.
The researchers analyzed the sea floor beneath the caldera and found evidence that suggests the caldera was not connected to the sea when it collapsed.
These findings indicate that the caldera was flooded by the sea following the eruption, but that the flooding itself was unlikely to have created the tsunamis.
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