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It is the most active volcanic centre in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc , though what remains today is chiefly a water-filled caldera. The volcanic arc is approximately 500 km (310 mi) long and 20 to 40 km (12 to 25 mi) wide. The region first became volcanically active around 3–4 million years ago, though volcanism on Thera began around 2 million years ago with the extrusion of dacitic lavas from vents around the Akrotiri .

The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: the Minoan eruption (sometimes called the Thera eruption ), which occurred some 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization . The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of metres deep and may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete , 110 km (68 mi) to the south, through a gigantic tsunami . Another popular theory holds that the Thera eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis . [5]

Santorini was named by the Latin Empire in the thirteenth century, and is a reference to Saint Irene , from the name of the old cathedral in the village of Perissa - the name Santorini is a contraction of the name Santa Irini . Before then, it was known as Kallístē (Καλλίστη, "the most beautiful one" ), Strongýlē ( Greek : Στρογγύλη , "the circular one" ), [6] or Thēra . The name Thera was revived in the nineteenth century as the official name of the island and its main city, but the colloquial name Santorini is still in popular use. During the Ottoman Empire 's domination of the Aegean Sea, the Turkish exonym for the island was "Santurin" or "Santoron". [7]

The present municipality of Thera (officially: "Thira" , Greek : Δήμος Θήρας ), [8] [9] which covers all settlements on the islands of Santorini and Therasia , was formed at the 2011 local government reform, by the merger of the former Oia and Thera municipalities. [3]

Oia is now called a Κοινότητα (community), within the municipality of Thera, and it consists of the local subdivisions ( Greek : τοπικό διαμέρισμα ) of Therasia and Oia .

The municipality of Thera includes an additional 12 local subdivisions on Santorini island: Akrotiri, Emporio, Episkopis Gonia, Exo Gonia, Imerovigli , Karterados, Megalohori, Mesaria, Pyrgos Kallistis, Thera (the seat of the municipality), Vothon, and Vourvoulos. [10]

Santorini's primary industry is tourism. The two main sources of wealth in Santorini are agriculture and tourism. In recent years, Santorini has been voted one of the world's most beautiful islands ( 2015 Travelers” Choice Awards Reader's Choice Awards , amongst others).

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