This photo shows the Anak Krakatau volcano erupting in Indonesia in 2009

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A photo has been shared more than one thousand times on Facebook alongside a claim that it shows the eruption of Taal volcano in the Philippines. The photo is being shared in a misleading context; it shows the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano in Indonesia in 2009.

The photo was published here on Facebook on January 12, 2020. It has been shared more than 1,500 times. 

Below is a screenshot of the misleading post:

Screenshot of Facebook post

The Tagalog-language post translates to English as: "taal volcano has seriously exploded...water has's raining mud ..nonstop earthquakes..all trees have fallen from the weight of dust and a bridge here was broken. lord jesus help and protect us please.amen”.

The Taal volcano began spewing ash on January 12, 2020, prompting warnings of a possible “explosive eruption”. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from the area, as reported here by AFP on January 14, 2020.

The photo has been shared in a misleading context; it shows the Anak Krakatau volcano erupting in Indonesia in 2009. 

A reverse image search on TinEye found the photo published by UK-based photo agency Alamy here.

Below is a screenshot of the photo on Alamy's website:

Screenshot of Alamy photo

The caption reads: “Powerful volcanic night-time eruption from Anak Krakatau volcano, Sunda Strait, Indonesia”.

It states the photo was taken in July 2009.

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

Screenshot comparison

Alamy credits the photo to Tom Pfeiffer, who has also shared the photo in an album entitled “Anak Krakatau volcano” on his Flickr account here

Below is a screenshot of the photo on Pfeiffer’s Flickr page:

Screenshot of Flickr photo

It is captioned: “A very violent vulcanian explosion at the new lava dome of Anak Krakatau volcano throws hundreds of lava bombs several hundreds meters into the sky and all over the S-SE part of the island. Some blocks even land in the sea (visible on enlarged versions). Taken on 2 July 2009 at 18h54 local time (GMT+7).”

Here is an AFP video report published on January 12, 2020 about activity at the Taal volcano. The video has been embedded below.