A video link of a tornado approaching a beach has been circulating on social media claiming to be of cyclone Nivar which recently lashed Chennai and adjoining areas.
The Facebook caption read, “Human lifes gonna end soon
One after another,bad things happening to humans
Advance RIP humans
#ChennaiRain #ChennaiFloods #CycloneNivar #CycloneNivarUpdate #Chennaiweather.”
When we opened the post it took us to a video on Twitter where we can see a tornado approaching a beach.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be false and misleading.
We got out first clue when we found the exact same video shared on Twitter the caption “By Orphicframer.”
By Orphicframer pic.twitter.com/CBKwIO80ro
— Psychedelic Art (@VisuallySt) May 23, 2020
Taking a cue, we searched for ‘Orphicframer‘ on Instagram and found the same video on orphicframer’s Instagram Profile on June 7, 2019. The post also includes several hashtags like ‘#cgi #vfx #visualeffects #photoshop’ by which we can clearly make out that the video was edited.
Further, with the help of keywords, ‘Tornado CGI’, we found the same video on YouTube by Alexandru Dineci dated December 19, 2018, claiming that the video of this tornado is a computer-generated imagery. It was also claimed that the video was shot with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 17-50.
Hence, with the help of the above information it is clear that the video was created with visual effects. Also, this CGI stimulated video is falsely linked with Cyclone Nivar, which battered South India, specifically in Chennai, recently.
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