Pictures of South Asian Tsunami-Fiction!


Summary of eRumor:

A series of pictures showing bystanders being hit by huge waves.
They are being circulated as “pictures of the tsunami by someone who was there.”


The Truth:

These are not pictures from India, Sri Lanka, or anywhere else affected by the disastrous tsunami of December 26, 2004.

The photos are actually said to have been taken by an amateur photographer named Youling Popo and are of an annual phenomenon on the Qiantang River in Jiuxi of Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province.

The high tide, typically in September, brings high waves crashing against the sea wall.
These pictures are not from a tsunami but of smiling locals and tourists with umbrellas enjoying the expected crashing waves.

Last updated 1/4/05