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Fact Check: Footage From Japan’s 2011 Tsunami Viral As Recent Torrential Floods In Haridwar, India

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Recent heavy rains have caused the River Ganga in Haridwar to swell, leading to numerous cars being washed away. Videos of vehicles floating down the river from Haridwar are sparking concerns. The India Meteorological Department predicts more heavy rainfall in Northwest India, warning of potential flooding, waterlogging, and traffic disruptions.

In the above context, a video showing massive flooding with numerous vehicles and houses being swept away is circulating widely on social media. The video, which was shared on July 2, is claimed to depict the situation in Haridwar during the flood.

The archived link to the post can be seen here.

FACT CHECK

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

Running the viral video keyframes through Reverse Image Search, the NM team traced a YouTube video with similar visuals on the Japanese channel TBS NEWS Dig, dated February 25, 2021. The video depicts the deadly tsunami that struck the coast of Miyagi, Japan, on March 11, 2011.

With a keyword search about Japan’s 2011 tsunami, we found a press release on ReliefWeb. According to the release, on March 11, 2011, a massive tsunami was triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in northeast Japan, causing widespread destruction. The tsunami, reaching up to 30 metres high, inundated 433,000 square kilometres of land. As a result, 492,000 people were evacuated, 11,600 were killed, and 16,450 were reported missing.

For further confirmation, here is a comparison image:

Thus, it is confirmed that the viral video is from Japan’s 2011 tsunami, NOT Haridwar in India.

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