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Modeling a 3600-Year-Old Tsunami Sheds Light on the Minoan Past

Science  17 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5533, pp. 1252
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5533.1252

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The collapse of the Stronghyle volcano on the Greek island of Thera (now Santorini) in about 1600 B.C. generated a tsunami that smashed into the strongholds of the ancient Minoan civilization, Crete, and other islands in the Aegean Sea. Some archaeologists have speculated that the tsunami might be the cause of the mysterious disappearance of the seafaring Minoans. But recent research by tsunami modeling experts--based on data collected by geologists on coasts around the Aegean Sea--now indicates that the tsunami probably didn't do in the Minoans on its own.

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