NEWS has emerged that Greece is preparing a disaster plan which would be put into action should Santorini’s volcano erupt following a 3,666 year dormant period.
It has been reported that Greece’s General Secretariat for Civil Protection has prepared an 184-page study named TALO – an “Emergency Response and Immediate / Short-Term Impact Management of the Volcanic Activity Event at the Santorini Volcanic Complex”.
The document is said to have a high alert level “in view of the imminent danger of volcanic activity in the Santorini volcanic complex, taking into account the alert level designation set by the Hellenic Observatory’s Standing Monitoring Committee”.
The first two plans, regarding flooding and fire disasters, were presented in November 2019, under the code names of Dardanos and Iolaos, said the Sydney-based Greek City Times. Another plan for earthquake preparation in Greece, known as Enceladus, is due to be released later.
The volcano, or caldera, is on a separate islet a short distance from the main island and is a major tourist attraction, with tourists being allowed to walk to the top. It has been reported how any plan could prepare for a major explosion such as the one which happened on New Zealand’s White Island in December last year where a volcano suddenly erupted, killing 21 people, with two missing and presumed dead.
Greece’s Secretariat said there’s no cause for alarm as there are no signs that the Santorini volcano, long dormant, will erupt although there is a second underwater volcano called Colombo about 8.5 kilometers (5.28 miles) from the northeast end of the island that’s also known as Thira.
Numerous minor and medium-sized eruptions have built the dark-coloured lava shields of Nea and Palea Kameni inside the caldera and the last eruption was in 1950. The volcanic complex has two active sources, the other being Kameni, between Thira and Thirassia, another islet there.