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September 10 2012

Giant Magma Ball Threatens Island Santorini

A huge balloon of magma about 15 times the size of Londonís Olympic stadium is growing beneath the holiday island of Santorini.

Geologists led by Oxford University say the chamber of super-heated rock expanded from ten to 20million cubic metres between January 2011 and April this year.

The balloon is so big it has forced the Greek island upwards by 14cm (5.5in) in that time. It also triggered a series of small earthquakes, the first seismic activity in 25 years. The movements were spotted by Michelle Parks, an Oxford University DPhil student, on field trips and using satellite radar images.

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