September 23, 2022

Fact check: This video from Japan shows the horrific 2011 tsunami, not the recent floods in Pakistan

Social media is full of videos and photos of the devastating flood in Pakistan. One such video reportedly from Karachi shows vehicles on the road washed away by rushing water. But is this video from Karachi?

The video from Japan shows the horrific 2011 tsunami, not the recent floods in Pakistan.

The devastating floods that hit Pakistan in June have so far affected more than 33 million people and claimed more than a thousand lives. Social media is full of videos and photos of the devastating flood in the country. Such video supposedly from Karachi, Pakistan, shows vehicles on the road washed away by rushing water.

But is this video from Karachi? AFWA’s investigation found the video was taken during the 2011 Thoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, one of the strongest earthquakes of all time.

AFWA probe

When reverse-searching the images of the video, we came across a blog 2014 containing the same shots. He said the footage came from the Ishinomaki port area. Ishinomaki is a city on the mainland of Honshu in Japan. It was one of the hardest hit cities in 2011.

Further research led us to the same video uploaded to a YouTube channel in April 2012. The title of the video read: “2011 Japan Tsunami: Ishinomaki”. According to the description of this video, the footage was shot from the rooftop of Ishinomaki Gas. The channel had also given a link to its source, another YouTube channel which shared the video in December 2011, proving that the video was over ten years old.

We searched the area mentioned on Google Street View and found remarkable similarities between the video and the location. It follows that the video was shot in Japan.

It is therefore clear that the video does not come from Pakistan at all.

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The video from Japan shows the horrific 2011 tsunami, not the recent floods in Pakistan.

To claimThe video shows vehicles washed away in Karachi, Pakistan amid ongoing floods in the country. ConclusionThis video is from the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, one of the strongest earthquakes of all time. It was shot in Ishinomaki, a city in Japan.

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