No, this photo shows the Santiaguito volcano erupting in Guatemala in 2009

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A photo has been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim that it shows the Taal volcano erupting in the Philippines. The claim is false; the photo shows the Santiaguito volcano erupting in Guatemala in 2009.

The photo was published here on Facebook on January 12, 2020. It has been shared more than 300 times.

Below is a screenshot of the Facebook post: 

Screenshot of Facebook post

The Tagalog-language post translates to English as: “ACCELERATING TAAL ERUPTION NEWS! / Close-up shot of Taal volcano spewing fire! / Credit to: Maam Lits Bautista / #arangkadangkabitenyo".

The photo was shared on the same day that the Taal volcano, situated on an island in the middle of a lake in the south of Manila, began emitting huge plumes of ash. The Philippine seismology agency subsequently issued an imminent "hazardous explosive eruption” warning. Thousands of people were evacuated from the area and flight operations were temporarily suspended at Manila airport, following further reports of earthquakes, as reported by AFP here on January 13, 2020.

The photo was also shared hundreds of times in other Facebook posts here and here, and on Twitter here, alongside a similar claim.

The claim is false; this photo shows the eruption of Santiaguito volcano in Guatemala in 2009. 

A reverse image search on TinEye found this Getty Images page which describes the photo as a stock photo of the Santiaguito volcanic eruption in Guatemala in January 2009. 

Below is a screenshot of the photo on the Getty Images website:

Screenshot of Getty Images page

It is captioned: “January 3, 2009 - Santiaguito eruption, Guatemala. - stock photo”.

Getty Images credits Stocktrek Images, Inc. as a contributor to this photo. 

On the Stocktrek Images, Inc. website, Martin Rietze has been credited as the photographer who took the image.

Below is a screenshot of the Stocktrek Images page:

Screenshot of Stocktrek Images page

The same photo can also be found on Rietze’s website, under the “GUATEMALA 30.12.2008-7.1.2009 / Santa Maria-Santaguito” section.

Below is a screenshot of the photo on Rietze’s website:

Screenshot of Rietze's page

Below is a screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading Facebook post (L) and the photo on Rietze’s website (R):

Screenshot comparison