Posted 01-13-2005 at 12:18:12
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Origins: This is another photograph being circulated as a picture of the tsunami that struck Indian Ocean shorelines in Asia on 26 December 2004, this one purportedly taken from atop a high-rise building in Phuket, Thailand.
This looks to be another case of any image depicting large waves being grabbed and passed around as a "real photograph" of the December 2004 tsunami. We don't know the original source of this picture yet, but it doesn't appear to fit its accompanying description because:
* It looks like something other than a photograph, such as a still frame from a movie or a composite image.
* The waves that struck the coast of Thailand after the December 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake were about 4 meters in height, but the ones pictured here look several stories tall.
* The skyline depicted doesn't appear resemble the city of Phuket.
* The traffic flow shown isn't right for Thailand, where motorists drive on the left-hand side of the road.