A video accompanied by a post is widely shared on social media claiming the bizarre images are from a volcanic eruption in the Semeru Mountains in Indonesia. Let’s check the claim made in the mail.
Claim: Video of the volcanic eruption of Mount Semeru in Indonesia.
Do: The video is not from the eruption of Mount Semeru in Indonesia. The video is an edited compilation of footage from a 2015 volcanic eruption in Chile and a waterfall in Indonesia. The upper part (image) of the video with the smoke is the Calbuco volcanic eruption that occurred in 2015 in Chile, where an ash cloud rose at least 15 kilometers (50,000 feet) above. above the volcano. The lower part (image) shows the Tumpak Sewu waterfall in Indonesia. On December 4, 2021, Semeru Mountain on the island of Java in Indonesia erupted. There are devastating videos of the Mount Semeru volcanic eruption, however, the footage in the viral video is not from Mount Semeru in Indonesia. Therefore, the claim made by post is FALSE.
When reverse image search is performed on the video screenshots, the upper part (image) of the video with the smoke was found on the Alamy stock photos website. Although the image is of a volcanic eruption, it is the Calbuco volcano in Chile in April 2015.
The Calbuco volcano erupted in Chile on April 22, 2015 for the first time since 1972. An ash cloud rose at least 15 kilometers (50,000 feet) above the volcano. According to various reports, the neighboring communities of Puerto Montt (Chile) and San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina) were threatened. Images like the one seen in the video (top part) can be found in the reports here and here.
The lower part (image) of the video shows the Tumpak Sewu waterfall in Indonesia. So these stunts are added to the viral video. Google Maps also confirms that the surroundings of the Mount Semeru volcano are not the same as seen in the viral video.
On December 4, 2021, Semeru Mountain on the island of Java in Indonesia erupted. According to reports, the volcano eruption killed at least 14 people. The hot ash from the eruption had buried the houses up to the roofs. There is havoc videos of the Mount Semeru eruption, however, the visuals for the viral video are not from Mount Semeru in Indonesia.
In summary, this video does not show the recent volcanic eruption at Mount Semeru in Indonesia.