But that might not be the case in the future, especially if global warming and melting ice caps are taken into account.
It should be noted that the report’s findings make no predictions about volcanic eruptions or the potential dangers posed by volcanic islands.
Instead, the report should provide researchers with more context for the data collected by automatic volcanic monitoring systems.
Dr Satow said: âOur research does not make any predictions about the exact time or size of the next eruption on Santorini (or on any volcanic island).
âIt’s the job of automatic monitoring systems that detect gas, ground movement and earthquakes caused by the movement of magma.
“However, our research provides vital context for understanding the data from these monitoring systems and therefore protecting residents and tourists on volcanic islands.”
Based on past sea level behavior, Dr Satow said risk assessments for volcanic islands may not be as accurate as we currently believe.
He added: “It is important and urgent that the risk assessments for volcanic islands be reassessed in the context of current and future sea levels.”
When Santorini erupted around 3,600 years ago, the explosion sank the central part of the once-conical island into the sea.