Fact check: ‘Strong’ earthquake and typhoon to possibly hit the Middle East

- An online post has claimed that a “strong” earthquake and typhoon could possibly hit Arab states

- The post mentioned that it will hit states such as Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, and others

- The claim came after Tropical Cyclone Kyarr hit the parts of Yemen, Oman, and UAE last October 25

- However, it has been reported that the claim was false and misleading the public

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A social media post has claimed that a “strong” earthquake, typhoon, landslide, and tsunami will hit the Arab states.

However, KAMI learned that the claim was false and misleading the public.

In a report by Rappler, the post was published by a certain Red Yu. It mentioned that the earthquake could be as strong as magnitude 8 or 9.

"Sino may mga kamag-anak sa mga bansang ito? Paki-inform sila at mag-ingat,” it read in the post.

“Posibleng tamaan ng pinakamalakas na typhoon, earthquake (magnitude 8-9) na sanhi ng pagkakaroon ng pinakamalakas na tsunami at landslide. Ito ay tatama sa Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, UAE, at sa iba pang bahagi ng Arab country,” it added.

The post also included some screenshots of news headlines, satellite images of typhoons, and destroyed buildings.

Rappler reported that there have been no official advisories from the authorities in the Middle East regarding the typhoon or earthquake.

According to the United States Geological Survey, earthquakes cannot be predicted.

The claim came after Tropical Cyclone Kyarr hit the parts of Yemen, Oman and United Arab Emirates’ east coast last October 25.

However, two weeks after the post, there have been no reports regarding any tropical cyclone or earthquake to hit any Arab countries.

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There is a difference between typhoons and cyclones in terms of the location where the storms hit. If the storm was formed in the Western North Pacific, it is called a typhoon. However, it is formed in the Arabian Sea, it is called a cyclone.

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