Video of people filming amid tsunami is not from Tonga

Users claim it is footage of a recent tsunami in Tonga that was caused due to an underwater volcanic eruption in the South Pacific.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  21 Jan 2022 9:00 AM GMT
Video of people filming amid tsunami is not from Tonga

HYDERABAD: A video of people filming themselves amidst a tsunami is viral on social media.

Users claim it is footage of a recent tsunami in Tonga that was caused due to an underwater volcanic eruption in the South Pacific.

Netizens are sharing the video and questioning the people filming for taking such a risk. "The Underwater Eruption of the volcano south of #Tonga created a #Tsunami. Here are some dumb people who are ready to bet their own life for a good video (sic)," a Twitter user said.


FACT CHECK:

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the longer version of the viral video on Youtube dated December 6, 2021. It should be noted the video has been available on the internet before the recent tsunami in Tonga. It is clear that the video was not recently taken.

The video's description carries the words "ombak bono" and "sungai kampar" which are words in the Indonesian language referring to tidal bores from the area Teluk Meranti. The speaker in the video also speaks the Indonesian language.


In the comment section, a user asked about the details of the video. A YouTuber replied: "This video was taken by my younger brother. It is Ogis beach Indonesia, Riau, Pelalawan, Teluk Meranti."

NewsMeter also reached out to the Youtuber for the location of the video and received confirmation that the video was taken in Indonesia.

Clearly, the video is not related to the tsunami that hit Tonga on January 15.

Claim Review:Video shows footage of the tsunami that hit Tonga on January 15.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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