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VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Video does NOT show New Year’s Day tsunami in Japan

A video shows the tsunami that struck Japan on Jan. 1 after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake.

Facebook page Pitikniboy BLOG 2024-01-03 False

The original clip was taken by TV Asahi following a 9.0 earthquake that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.

VERA FILES FACT CHECK: This video is not of a tsunami after the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on Jan. 1. The original clip was taken by TV Asahi during a tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan in March 2011.

A Facebook (FB) video claimed that a tsunami occurred after the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on Jan. 1. This is not true. The original clip was taken by TV Asahi following a 9.0 earthquake that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.

 

Uploaded by FB page Pitikniboy BLOG, the erroneous video received around 22,500 interactions.

 

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Sources 

Japan Ministry of Defense official website, 令和6年能登半島地震に係る災害派遣について, Jan. 7, 2024

Keatonatron1 YouTube channel, Japan Tsunami Footage 2011, March 14, 2011

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