A video of a ship battling a storm in the sea is being circulated with the claim that it represents ongoing Cyclone Fani, which has recently hit Odisha, causing major destruction in the coastal areas. One Facebook user who goes by the name of Abhijit has captioned this video, “Cyclone Fani continues to strengthen as it tracks over the Bay of Bengal”. It has been shared close to 2,700 times and viewed over 57,000 times.


Cyclone Fani continues to strengthen as it tracks over the Bay of Bengal….

Posted by Abhijit Das Roy on Thursday, 2 May 2019

Few more individual users along with a Facebook page, Bong Savage, have shared the video with a similar text.

Old video

Using Invid, an image and video verification tool, Alt News found that the video of the ship caught up in the middle of a storm is at least two-years-old. We found an extended version of the same video uploaded, on Odnoklassniki, a Russian social media site, on November 17. 2016. The caption attached with the video reads, “Storm 12 points on the Beaufort scale (-Google translated)”. Moreover, Alt News found that the same video was uploaded on YouTube at least since December 2016. Suffice to Say, the video cannot be representative of a present event.

In conclusion, an old video of an oceanic storm in Russia was falsely shared as the impact of Cyclone Fani. We urge social media users to not post or forward videos/images related to Cyclone Fani that have yet not been authenticated as this can lead to unnecessary panic. Please be a responsible netizen.

Donate to Alt News!
Independent journalism that speaks truth to power and is free of corporate and political control is possible only when people start contributing towards the same. Please consider donating towards this endeavour to fight fake news and misinformation.

Donate Now

About the Author

Jignesh is a writer and researcher at Alt News. He has a knack for visual investigation with a major interest in fact-checking videos and images. He has completed his Masters in Journalism from Gujarat University.