Claim: Photograph shows the tsunami that struck Indian Ocean shorelines in Asia in December 2004.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Variations: Various claims about this picture include:
- It was taken by an employee of Kellogg’s.
- It came from a security camera in Aceh.
- It came from a security camera of the Sheraton Hotel, Indonesia.
- It was found on the Lions Clubs of Australia web site.
Origins: This is another photograph being circulated as a picture of the tsunami that struck Indian Ocean shorelines in Asia on
This looks to be another case of any image depicting large waves being grabbed and passed around as a “real photograph” of the
- It looks like something other than a photograph, such as a still frame from a movie or a composite image.
- The waves that struck the coast of Thailand after the
December 2004Indian Ocean earthquake were about 4 metersin height, but the ones pictured here look several stories tall.
- The skyline depicted doesn’t appear resemble the city of Phuket.
- The traffic flow shown isn’t right for Thailand, where motorists drive on the left-hand side of the road.
As the operator of the World City Photo Archive helpfully informed us, this image is actually a manipulated depiction of the skyline of Antofagasta, Chile:
Last updated: 14 January 2005