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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Fake Tsunami photos!

Is nothing sacred?
These Newspaper photographs are yet another examples of any images depicting large waves being grabbed and passed around as "real photographs" of the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. These pictures were purportedly taken in Thailand in December 2004, but they actually date from 2002 and depict not a tsunami, but a tidal bore (unusually high tides resulting in waters flowing upstream at high speeds) on the Qian Tang Jiang River, in Hangzhou, China.  The originals, and Dee says, Neat photos!

Tidal bores occur at predictable times, and watching these events is a four-day-long government-sponsored tourist festival in China, hence there were plenty of people and photographers on hand to observe the one captured in the pictures above. Several news outlets in a variety of countries have been taken in by these photos and have run them as genuine pictures of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Last updated:   11 January 2005
Tsunamii-------Closeup shots of the killer waves

I just received these photos from friend and former business associate. What a horrible disaster !! Fortunately, she is safe and now out of the country....she made a quick exit.

TSUNAMI: These are taken, just before..... Contributed by my Niece from Bangalore, India










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  Sources Sources:
    Chakrawertti, Samiran.   "After the Deadly Tsunami, a Photo Hoax Wave."
    The Times of India.   7 January 2005.

    Hollemans, Ellen.   "Citizen Falls Into Tsunami Trap."
    [South Africa] Mail & Guardian.   10 January 2005.

    [South Africa] Mail & Guardian.   "The Citizen Eats Humble Pie."
    11 January 2005.

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