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Did The Second Penang Bridge Get Hit By Giant Waves?

Did the second Penang Bridge get hit by giant tsunami waves, sweeping away a person?!

Find out what happened, and what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Tsunami Waves Hit Second Penang Bridge At 6PM Yesterday!

A video went viral on social media, claiming to show the Second Penang Bridge getting hit by giant tsunami waves.

Dramatically, a person appeared to be swept away by a giant wave, and a motorcyclist quickly fled another giant wave!

 

Fact : No Giant Waves Hit Second Penang Bridge!

The video is genuine, but it does NOT show giant tsunami waves hitting the Second Penang Bridge.

Fact #1 : This Bridge Is Too Small To Be Second Penang Bridge

In the main span, the Second Penang Bridge has a height clearance of 30 metres with a much lower 6 metre clearance for the rest of the bridge.

The Second Penang Bridge is also between 150 and 250 metres wide, with 4 car lanes and 2 motorcycle lanes.

The bridge in the video appears to be much shorter, with a 4 metre clearance; and much narrower – with just 2 lanes.

Fact #2 : No Report Of Any Tsunami Affecting Penang

There has been no earthquakes nearby, or reports of any tsunami affecting Penang.

The waves appear to be approximately 12-15 metres high would certainly have been big news.

Yet there is no mention of it in the mainstream media? Very suspect, no?

Fact #3 : This Is An Old Video

This video went last viral around 22-23 July 2020, when it was posted as evidence of giant waves hitting a bridge in Alaska after an earthquake there. However, that is fake news as well.

The earliest we could find was a December 2017 tweet, by a CNBC-AWAAZ anchor, Deepali Rana, who claimed that it was a video of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. That is also false!

Fact #4 : The Video Was Recorded In Minicoy Island

The video was recorded on 23 August 2017, showing giant waves hitting the Eastern Jetty at Minicoy Island (Maliku), in Lakshadweep, India.

Here is a close-up shot of the Eastern Embarkation Jetty, with a surfer for size comparison.

 

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