Monday, November 28

Twitter users confuse video of people taking selfies in front of tsunami with the one reported in Tonga after volcano eruption

Satellite image showing the eruption of an underwater volcano on the island of Tonga that triggered a tsunami.

Photo: Tonga Meteorological Service / EFE

A video in which they appear people taking selfies at the feet of a tsunami It does not correspond to the event reported on the island of Tonga this Saturday that led to the circulation of a warning for states in the western United States such as California and Hawaii.

Although a video today on correspondent Philip Crowther’s Twitter account uploaded at about 9:30 am identified the recording as one associated with the tsunami following the eruption of an underwater volcano on the island of Tonga in the South Pacific, in reality the images would have been taken previously in another demarcation.

One of the Twitter users who warned about the error in the publication located the images in Indonesia. Another netizen assured that the video was taken more than a year ago.

In the audiovisual material, initially shared by the blogger Siraj Noorani, it is seen when the waves of a tsunami drags four people – a woman and three young men.

Two of the victims charge cell phones and try to take video selfies. A third was hitting a palm, as if he were practicing boxing, until the tidal wave carried him away.

“Tsunami in Tonga. Very happy that the boys in the video apparently survived. But also: what exactly was he doing to the tree?” Crowther shared alongside the later-deleted video.

The video, however, was replicated by other pages on social networks such as Instagram.

Waves of almost 4 feet were recorded in Nuku’alofa, capital of Tonga, the meteorological services reported on Twitter.

The local authorities of Tonga, with about 71,000 inhabitants, They have not reported any victims at the moment, although several areas of the country remain incommunicado after dozens of evacuations.

The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai submarine volcano, located about 65 kilometers north of Tongatapu Island, registered an eruption of about eight minutes at about 5:20 p.m. local time.

Due to the emergency, the meteorological authorities in the United States warned of the tsunami risk for states like California and Hawaii until before noon.

At the moment, no fatalities have been reported in the US either.

The eruption also generated small tsunami waves that are not threatening in the Caribbean basinreported the US Tsunami Warning Service on its official website.

The waves ranged from 3 centimeters (0.1 feet) recorded on Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos (Mexico) to 12 centimeters (0.4 feet) measured on Mona Island, in Puerto Rico (US territory), he explained. the Service belonging to the National Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The entity explained that it is not necessary to take any action because the size of the waves is not a cause for concern, and insisted that there is no tsunami threat in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands or the British.

(With information from the Efe agency)

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