- An online post claimed that a tsunami warning was issued following the October 16 Mindanao earthquake
- The post also mentioned that it was a magnitude “7.2” quake
- However, it has been reported that the claim was false
A social media post claimed that a tsunami warning has been issued following the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that jolted many parts of Mindanao.
However, KAMI learned that the claim was misleading.
In a report by French news agency Agence France-Presse, the post was published on Facebook last October 18.
The post showed a photo of supposed large waves about to hit the shores of Mindanao.
The caption read: “BREAKING NEWS - Mga lugar na posibleng tamaan ng tsunami kasunod ng 7.2 magnitude na lindol sa karagatan ng GovGen, Davao Oriental. Pinapayuhan ang mga taong nasa tabing dagat na agad lumikas.
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"Ikalat agad para maging alerto ang lahat! Nagsumamo ako sa iyo huwag mo hayaan na mangyari ito lord God ikaw ang balaan sa tanan panalipdi ang imong mga katawhan Ginoo. Amen.”
AFP has conducted a reverse image search and discovered that the original photo showed the Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was published by UIHere.
The photo was mirrored and fabricated to add the large waves. You may check the comparison here:
On October 16, a magnitude 6.4 quake left at least 5 fatalities and 53 people were injured.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology did not issue a tsunami warning after the October 16 quake.
“No destructive tsunami threat exists based on available data. This is for information purposes only and there is no tsunami threat to the Philippines from this earthquake,” it stated.
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