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Africa: Video Exhibits 2022 Tornado in Kansas, Usa – Not June 2024 Twister in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal Province

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Video reveals 2022 tornado in Kansas, USA – not June 2024 twister in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province

IN SHORT: A twister did trigger destruction in KwaZulu-Natal province in early June. However this video reveals a tornado within the US state of Kansas two years earlier.

On 3 June 2024 a twister ripped by cities and settlements within the South African municipality of eThekwini, which incorporates the port metropolis of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal province.

The tornado was a part of a significant storm, with excessive winds, heavy rain and sudden flooding, that killed 11 folks. Heaviest hit was the city of Tongaat, also referred to as oThongathi.

A twister is a column of wind rotating at a excessive pace. They develop throughout thunderstorms and, once they contact the bottom, could cause huge harm. Tornadoes are widespread in South Africa, particularly within the east.

The South African Climate Service says the oThongathi twister rated EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which measures twisters’ wind pace from one to 5. The pace of wind in an EF3 twister can attain as much as 265 kilometres an hour. These “stronger and extra damaging” tornadoes solely happen each decade or so.

Within the week after the twister hit KwaZulu-Natal, a video appeared on social media with the declare it confirmed the tornado. In the clip we see a twister barrelling by a settlement, throwing up the particles of destroyed buildings and leaving devastation in its wake.

It has been posted with captions resembling “Twister KZN 4 June 2024” and “The #twister seen on digital camera in KZN Durban“, and hashtags like #tongaattornado and #kzntornado.

However does the video actually present the KwaZulu-Natal twister?

Drone footage of 2022 twister in Kansas, United States

Africa Test took a screenshot of the primary body of the video and ran it by a reverse picture search.

This led us to a number of information studies of a twister that tore by Andover, a city within the US state of Kansas, in Might 2022. All of them use the identical footage, shot from a drone.

The tornado was reportedly additionally a damaging EF3, however there have been no fatalities.

In 2023 Africa Test debunked a declare that the identical video confirmed a part of the destruction when an earthquake hit Morocco. But it surely was shot in the USA, not Morocco – or South Africa.


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