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World

AFP
June 25, 2019

Fact-check: Is this a video of lava flow in Austria?

World

AFP
Tue, Jun 25, 2019

A video has been shared in multiple Facebook posts which claim it shows a lava flow in Austria. The claim is false; the video is actually 2018 footage of a lava flow after a volcano eruption in Hawaii in the United States.

The video was shared here in a Facebook post on June 9, 2019, where it has been viewed more than 1,900 times. The two-minute video shows what appears to be a large flow of volcanic lava approaching residential areas.

The same video has been shared in other Facebook posts, for example here, here, and here, with a similar claim.

The claim is false; the video is actually 2018 footage of lava flow after a volcano eruption in Hawaii in the United States.

A reverse image search on Google using keyframes from the footage obtained using InVid, a digital verification tool, found similar footage published in this Daily Mail article dated May 7, 2018.

The report is headlined; "Incredible footage shows terrifying wall of lava crawling across Hawaii road and consuming a parked car as hundreds of residents are ordered to evacuate".

The report states:"Stunning timelapse footage has captured the moment a wall of lava slowly advanced across a Hawaii road amid mass eruptions across the island.

"Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has already destroyed 35 homes and buildings and forced 1,700 people to leave their residences since it erupted on Thursday, spewing lava and toxic gas from volcanic vents in a small area of Hawaii's Big Island."

The video published in the Daily Mail report is three minutes and three seconds long, and has a watermark that reads: "WXCHASING via Storyful" on the top right-hand corner.

Here is a May 11, 2019, AFP report about the activity of the Kilauea volcano.

The Facebook page WXChasing posted a longer version of the footage that appears in the misleading video here on May 7, 2018. It has been viewed 29 million times since.

The post's caption states: “Unfortunately locking the lava in with a gate doesn't work either. More incredible video from today.”

The video, which is four minutes and 18 seconds long, is geotagged to Leilani Estates, Hawaii, United States. This Google Maps link shows the distance between Leilani Estates and Kilauea volcano.

The sequence seen in the misleading video appears from the start of the WXChasing video to the two-minute, 20-second mark.

Below are screenshot comparisons of the WXChasing video (L) and the video in the misleading Facebook posts (R):



Austria does not have any volcanoes, according to the data of the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program.

The program has a database of volcanoes around the world on its website. Austria is not listed in the database.