Fact Check : Tsunami Waves Hit Second Penang Bridge?

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Did giant tsunami waves hit the second Penang bridge – the Sultan Abdul Muadzam Shah Bridge? Find out what the facts really are!


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

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

Dramatically, a person appeared to be swept away by a giant wave, and a motorcyclist quickly fled another giant wave! Here is a video mash-up of two examples we found so far…


Did Tsunami Waves Hit Second Penang Bridge? Nope!

This is yet another example of fake news spreading like COVID-19 on social media.

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 for ships to pass under. The bulk of the bridge has a much lower 6 metre clearance.

The Second Penang Bridge is also very wide – between 150 and 250 metres, 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.

Second Penang Bridge

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, and would have been big news. Yet there is no mention of it in the mainstream media? Very sus, no?

Fact #3 : This Is An Old Video

This video went viral earlier in July 2020, when it was posted as evidence of a tsunami hitting a bridge in Alaska after an earthquake there. However, that was false 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 On 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 picture of the Eastern Embarkation Jetty, with a surfer for size comparison.

Minicoy Island Eastern Jetty with surfer


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