But was the image taken in Portugal? We checked.
A reverse image search reveals that the image is drone footage captured on 7 October 2021 at La Palma island in Spain. The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma led to this lava flow.
Beginning on 19 September 2021, the lava streamed toward the island’s western coast, covering the path leading to the volcano. It also spilled over the cliffs and into the Atlantic Ocean.
The Spanish newspaper Canarias7 reported that the reactivation of the Cumbre Vieja Canarian volcano triggered 184 earthquakes on the island in 24 hours. Out of these, 17 were felt by the population.
Another publication, Eldiario.es, stated that the island expanded by 43 hectares due to the formation of lava deltas when the lava reached the Atlantic Ocean. Furthermore, the lava destroyed 2,651 buildings.
A street view map shows that the image we are debunking was taken near Playa Nueva and Lugar Las Hoyas in Spain.
PesaCheck has looked into a Facebook post with an image purportedly of lava overflowing into an ocean in Portugal and found it to be FALSE.
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This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Naomi Wanjiku and edited by PesaCheck senior copy editor Cédrick Irakoze.