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Claim: Photographs show the tsunami that struck Indian Ocean shorelines in Asia in December 2004.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: These photographs are yet another examples of any images depicting large waves being grabbed and passed around as "real photographs" of the
Tidal bores occur at predictable times, and watching these events is a four-day-long government-sponsored tourist festival in China, hence there were plenty of people and photographers on hand to observe the one captured in the pictures above. Several news outlets in a variety of countries have been taken in by these photos and have run them as genuine pictures of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Last updated: 11 January 2005
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