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Lima, September 24, 2021Updated on 09/24/2021 03:47 pm

Science cannot answer with certainty questions such as how long the eruption of the new La Palma volcano will last, or whether or not more eruptive mouths will open, the volcanologist from the Spanish Higher Center for Scientific Research (CSIC) Vicente Soler has acknowledged to Efe. .

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These questions, which can be asked by citizens or the media, are very difficult to answer, since the eruptive process is due to a natural phenomenon that occurs inside the Earth and to which there is no access, Soler recalled.

He has commented that, if the answer to this type of question is “I don’t know”, the social judgment will be to ask “So what is that guy doing? [señor] there”, but it is necessary to understand that the interior of the earth is more inaccessible than space and that knowledge is had indirectly.

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“Nobody has been able to have an approach” inside the Earth and, therefore, it is not surprising that real knowledge is scarce, in the sense that there are no physical observables that can be measured directly, Vicente Soler has pointed out.

Thus, he explained, when it is said that magma approaches the surface it is because that is what some parameters indicate, but no one has seen its journey in the depths of the planet.

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The Cumbre Vieja volcano in El Paso spews lava on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain, on September 23, 2021. (DESIREE MARTIN / AFP).
The Cumbre Vieja volcano in El Paso spews lava on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain, on September 23, 2021. (DESIREE MARTIN / AFP).

In the case of the new volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma, whose eruption began last Sunday in the municipality of El Paso, the process is at “cruising speed” and, in the words of Vicente Soler, it is almost necessary to “Cross your fingers to keep it that way”.

In the current state of affairs in the La Palma eruption, there are geophysical and geochemical observable parameters that allow an “approximate” idea of ​​the state of the system and, thus, it is known that it is in a state of great tension, but the fact that do not grow is a fact that suggests that the process continues.

But from there to assert that it will last 25 days or that it will not suffer a stoppage or a new eruptive center will open. it is something that science is not in a position to answer “Today for today”, has reiterated this volcanologist from the Spanish Higher Center for Scientific Research.

Vicente Soler has insisted that the interior of the Earth “It is not possible to touch it directly”.

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