The dramatic story of the greatest natural disaster to shake the ancient world – a disaster that triggered the downfall of a civilisation and spawned a legend – is brought to life in stunning, docu-drama style in this channel premiere film.
Around 1620 BC a gigantic volcano in the Aegean Sea stirred from its 19,000-year slumber. The eruption tore the island of Thera apart, producing massive tsunamis that flooded the nearby island of Crete, the centre of Europe's first great civilization, the Minoans. This apocalyptic event, many experts now believe, provided the inspiration for the legend of Atlantis.
Based on the work of leading scientists, archaeologists and historians, this docu-drama immerses viewers in the exotic world of the Minoans. Using the same production techniques of the hit movie 300 and incorporating the latest CGI technology, the film brings viewers face to face with one of history's greatest disasters – from the precursory earthquakes through the eruption sequence to the pyroclastic flows and devastating tsunamis.