Claim: Facebook page Philippine Weather System/Earthquake Update posted a photo of what looked like volcanic smoke mixed with lightning streaks, and said it was a photo of Taal Volcano.
The page captioned its post: “#TaalVolcano The most amazing shots habang nag aalburuto ang bulkang Taal kagabi (while Taal Volcano was erupting last night).” It was posted on Monday, January 13, a day after Taal Volcano erupted.
The post was accompanied by another photo showing dark clouds and fewer lightning streaks.
A reader emailed the Philippine Weather System/Earthquake Update’s post to Rappler for fact checking. As of writing, it had over 1,200 shares, 1,800 reactions, and 90 comments.
The facts: The photo was taken in Chile, not in the Philippines, by award-winning Chilean freelance photographer Francisco Negroni. It was a photo of the Calbuco Volcano erupting in southern Chile in April 2015. A reverse image search shows copies of the photo had been available online as early as December 2015.
“Witnessing the eruption of a volcano for some can be scary and I understand it, but for me it is the greatest image of the power of nature...the power of creation,” Negroni wrote in the description of the photo on his website in Spanish.
Meanwhile, the second image posted by the page was a real image of Taal Volcano taken by photographer Paul Quiambao as it was erupting.
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