Old video of lightning being shared in the name of Cyclone Amphan

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A video of lighting and thunder is going viral on social media with the claim that the visuals are from Cyclone Amphan that made landfall in West Bengal on May 20.

A video is being shared with the caption: “Lightening in Amphan cyclone…”

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Using screenshots of the video on Google reverse image search and we found that links of several Facebook and Twitter posts from April 2020, uploaded the same video.

A Facebook page uploaded the same video on April 27, 2020, claiming that the video id from Andhra Pradesh.

A Twitter user named @Domenico also uploaded the same video with the caption, “The lightning near the village I live (Andhra Pradesh) India.”

 

According to IMD, the tropical cyclone in the Bay of Bengal intensified into a super cyclonic storm between May 17-18 and made the landfall on May 20.

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This confirms that the video is old and was already available on the internet before Cyclone Amphan made landfall.


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Shweta Jamsandekar

An aspiring journalist from Symbiosis institute of media and communication.