Tourists lucky enough to be in the Greek island of Santorini last weekend, had the experience of a lifetime as they watched a spectacular display of fireworks in celebration of the volcanic eruptions that made this cosmopolitan island what it is today.

This year’s “Ifestia Festival” (or the “Volcanoes Festival”) was held during the third weekend of September, with cultural events and concerts, leading up to the main event of the festival.

On the night of September 16, 2017, a spectacular compilation of fireworks and fires caused the volcano “erupt” in a simulation of the real volcanic eruption that had originally formed Santorini.

Although dormant, Santorini is an active volcano.  Numerous minor and medium-sized, mainly effusive eruptions have built the dark-colored lava shields of Nea and Palea Kameni, inside the caldera.

The last eruption was in 1950, and now only fumarole activity, primarily inside the recently active craters, occurs.

The huge Minoan eruption of Santorini in the 17th century BC, may have also inspired the legend of Atlantis.