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  • 37.615°N
  • 23.336°E

  • 760 m
    2493 ft

  • 212020
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Basic Data

Volcano Number

Last Known Eruption



258 BCE

760 m / 2493 ft


Volcano Types

Lava dome(s)

Rock Types

Andesite / Basaltic Andesite

Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Continental crust (> 25 km)


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Within 10 km
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Geological Summary

Methana volcano consists of a basaltic-andesite to rhyodacitic lava dome complex forming the Methana Peninsula in the Sarronian Gulf on the NE side of Peloponnesus. Potassium-Argon ages for the older part of the complex range from 900,000 to 550,000 years, although activity may have begun during the late Pliocene. A younger phase of activity took place from about 380,000-290,000 years ago, forming a series of lava domes and flows. The youngest dome, Kameno Vouno, on the NW side of the peninsula, was formed in the 3rd century BCE and produced a lava flow that traveled 500 m beyond the coastline. Hot springs are found at several locations along the coast of the peninsula.


The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography.

D'Alessandro W, Brusca L, Kyriakopoulos K, Michas G, Papadakis G, 2008. Methana, the westernmost active volcanic system of the south Aegean arc (Greece): insight from fluids geochemistry. J Volc Geotherm Res, 178: 818-828.

Georgalas G C, 1962. Greece. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 12: 1-40.

IAVCEI, 1973-80. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior..

Keller J, 1982. Mediterranean Island Arcs. In: Thorpe R S (ed) {Andesites}, New York: John Wiley Sons, p 307-326.

Eruptive History

Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
[ 1922 Aug ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain    
0258 BCE ± 18 years Unknown Confirmed 3 Historical Observations Kameno Vouno

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Choni Dome 675 m
Kameno Vouno
Dome 425 m 37° 36' 54" N 23° 20' 10" E
Malja Glat Dome 675 m
Malja Khoriou Dome
Malja Skurti Dome 590 m
Maljsa Dome 625 m
Pikesa Dome 725 m
Sterna Gambru Dome 625 m


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Agios Nikolaos Thermal
Loutra Methana Thermal
Thiafi Bay Thermal

Photo Gallery

Malja Khoriou lava dome, seen here from the SE, lies on the eastern side of the Methana Peninsula and is one of several basaltic-andesite to rhyodacitic lava domes forming the Methana volcanic complex. The peninsula extends into the Sarronian Gulf on the NE side of the Peloponnesus Peninsula. The youngest dome, Kameno Vouno, on the NW side of Methana Peninsula, was formed in the 3rd century BC and produced a lava flow that traveled 500 m beyond the coastline.

Photo by Ichio Moriya (Kanazawa University).

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

The following 23 samples associated with this volcano can be found in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections. Catalog number links will open a window with more information.

Catalog Number Sample Description
NMNH 111123-855 Hornblende-hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98784 Dacite with hornblende and hypersthene
NMNH 98788 Dacite
NMNH 98789 Hornblende andesite
NMNH 98790 Hornblende andesite
NMNH 98791-1 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98791-2 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98792-1 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98792-2 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98792-3 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98793 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98794 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98795 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98796 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98797 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98798 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98799 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98800 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98801 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98802 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98803 Hypersthene andesite
NMNH 98805 Dacite with hornblende and hypersthene
NMNH 98806 Hypersthene basalt

Affiliated Sites

Large Eruptions of Methana Information about large Quaternary eruptions (VEI >= 4) is cataloged in the Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE) database of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).
WOVOdat WOVOdat is a database of volcanic unrest; instrumentally and visually recorded changes in seismicity, ground deformation, gas emission, and other parameters from their normal baselines. It is sponsored by the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) and presently hosted at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
EarthChem EarthChem develops and maintains databases, software, and services that support the preservation, discovery, access and analysis of geochemical data, and facilitate their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters. EarthChem is operated by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers who are part of the NSF-funded data facility Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA). IEDA is a collaborative effort of EarthChem and the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS).
MODVOLC - HIGP MODIS Thermal Alert System Using infrared satellite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data, scientists at the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai'i, developed an automated system called MODVOLC to map thermal hot-spots in near real time. For each MODIS image, the algorithm automatically scans each 1 km pixel within it to check for high-temperature hot-spots. When one is found the date, time, location, and intensity are recorded. MODIS looks at every square km of the Earth every 48 hours, once during the day and once during the night, and the presence of two MODIS sensors in space allows at least four hot-spot observations every two days. Each day updated global maps are compiled to display the locations of all hot spots detected in the previous 24 hours. There is a drop-down list with volcano names which allow users to 'zoom-in' and examine the distribution of hot-spots at a variety of spatial scales.
MIROVA Middle InfraRed Observation of Volcanic Activity (MIROVA) is a near real time volcanic hot-spot detection system based on the analysis of MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) data. In particular, MIROVA uses the Middle InfraRed Radiation (MIR), measured over target volcanoes, in order to detect, locate and measure the heat radiation sourced from volcanic activity.