Semeru volcano eruption has killed at least 14 people and injured dozens on Java island, Indonesia’s disaster agency said on December 5, 2021, according to a report published by Reuters.

In this backdrop, a video is being widely shared on social media in which a volcanic eruption can be seen. The video is being shared with a claim that it is of the recent eruption that happened in Indonesia. The video is being shared with a caption that reads, “The #Semeru Mountain volcanic eruption 2 days ago captured from afar (also visible is Tumpak Sewu Waterfalls)”

The link to the post can be seen here.


NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be misleading.

On breaking the video into multiple keyframes using InVid tool and doing a Google Reverse Image Search with one of the keyframes, we found a similar image published by Getty Images. The caption associated with the image read, “Calbuco Volcano – April 2015 – stock photo.”

We compared both images and found them to be same.

We further found that The Guardian had also reported about the Calbuco volcano eruption that happened in Southern Chile on April 23, 2015.

Thus, an old video of volcanic eruption in Chile is being shared as that of recent volcanic eruption in Indonesia.

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