A video of seawater flooding a city is doing rounds on social media with a claim that it shows recent floods in China.

The video is being shared with the Hindi text, ” प्रकृति का प्रहार चीन पर. महादेव तो देख रहे हैं! जैसी करनी वैसी भरनी.”

(English Translation: Nature’s strike on China. Mahadev is watching! As you sow, so you shall reap)

Here’s the link to the above post.  More such posts can be seen herehere and here.


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

We extracted the keyframes of the video using the InVid tool and ran them through Reverse Image Search.

The search led us to a YouTube video carrying similar visuals uploaded in 2014. “Japan Tsunami 2011,” the video was titled.

Taking a cue from this, we ran another Reverse Image Search along with some keywords and found a report by RT, a Russian state-affiliated media channel, dated March 2016. “Fukushima as it happened: 10 scariest videos from the Japanese disaster that shook the world, “the headline of the video read.

According to the report, a massive earthquake hit Japan on March 11, 2011, leading to a disastrous tsunami that left 18,000 people dead or missing.

The viral video was also uploaded by RT on Their YouTube channel on March 13, 2011.

The video can be seen on the YouTube channel of Associated Press dated March 14, 2011.

The description of the video uploaded on March 14, 2011, read: Dramatic new pictures have emerged of a tsunami wave smashing into the Japanese town of Miyako on Friday. The wave crashes over the seawall carrying away everything in its path, including cars and boats. (March 13).

Earlier, NewsMobile debunked another video that was being passed of the recent floods in China.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the viral video is not a recent one from  China but a 2011 video from Japan.

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