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Fact Check: 2017 Video From South Africa Viral As Tsunami After Turkey Earthquake


After massive earthquakes on February 6, more than 21,000 people died in Syria and Turkey, leaving many injured. Rescue efforts are going around the clock, but snow and rain complicate matters for the survivors.

Against this backdrop, a video is widely shared on social media showing tsunami-like waves approaching a beach. People are linking it to the aftermath of the recent earthquakes in Turkey. 

The video is shared on Facebook with the caption: “Tsunami in Turkey”

Here’s the link to the above post


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Performing a Reverse Image Search, we found a YouTube channel carrying the same viral video, dated March 14, 2017, with a caption: “On Sunday 12 March 2017, Durban North Beach was shut down due to massive waves that hit the beach. Lebogang Mashile, meteorologist, South African Weather Service, speaks to Expresso with an update.” 

The SUN Newspapers also carried the same viral video on March 12, 2017, with a caption: “Durban beach closed due to high waves DRAMATIC AERIAL VIDEO.” The same video was also published on March 13, 2017, with another caption: “Mini Tsunami hits Durban South in South Africa.” 

Many news articles had also reported the same incident in 2017. 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that an old video from South Africa is viral as a tsunami after the recent Turkey earthquake.

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