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Old Video Of Tsunami From South Africa’s Cape Town Viral as Earthquake in Philippines: Fact-Check

Many are spreading a video purporting to be of a tsunami and connecting it to the recent earthquake in the Philippines.

Several accounts on twitter, including @ravipandey2643 claimed in a twitter post that A 7.5-magnitude earthquake strikes the Philippine and there could be waves up to three metres above the typical high tide level along some Philippine coasts, according to the US Tsunami Warning System. The post was made on Dec 3, 2023, which has received an about 11.3k views on X. The archive can be read from above.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

This is an old video from Cape Town, South Africa, where on September 16, 2023, reports of tsunami waves were made in Gordon’s Bay. The video is unrelated to the Philippines and was not made recently.

Natural disasters around the world (“@natural79939854“) tweeted “South Africa Is Sinking! Rough Waves Tsunami in Cape Town! Flooding in Gordon’s Bay #CapeTown #SouthAfrica #GordonsBay #flood #floods #flooding #waves #inondations #alagamentos #tormenta #storm #unwetter #CapeWeather #hurricanelee tsunami south africa”. The tweet was made on Sep 17, 2023.

The video was uploaded in Youtube on Sept 17, 2023.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:


Influencers are circulating old videos from South Africa claiming to be from the Philippines #Tsunami , to create panic. Actuallly, this is an old video from Cape Town, South Africa, where reports of tsunami waves were received in Gordon’s Bay on September 16, 2023. The video was not created recently and has nothing to do with the Philippines.


Claim : A tsunami video that purports to be from the Philippines and is connected to the most recent earthquake is making the rounds.

Fact: This old video shows the Gordon’s Bay tsunami that was recorded on September 16, 2023, in Cape Town, South Africa. The video is not related to the Philippines and  is not recent.

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