Fact Check: Viral video claiming to show visuals of Cyclone Biparjoy is CGI simulation
The intensity of Cyclone Biparjoy reduced from a very severe cyclonic storm to a severe cyclonic storm after making landfall at Gujarat coast.
The intensity of Cyclone Biparjoy reduced from a very severe cyclonic storm to a severe cyclonic storm after making landfall at Gujarat coast. It moved northeastwards and crossed the Saurashtra- Kutch coast in Pakistan to make landfall close to the Jakhau port, Gujarat.
A video of a tornado suddenly appearing at the coast of a sea claims that it shows the visuals of the Cyclone Biparjoy making landfall at a port area, Kutch, Gujarat.
The claim is false. The video is a CGI (computer-generated imagery) simulation video.
When we extracted key frames from the video and searched using Google reverse search, we found that the same video was shared on Facebook by a user named ‘Shea Gibson – Meteorologist’ with the title “Fake microburst Circulation social media again”.
The description states that “I keep getting asked about this video and what it is. This is an artistic rendition of a sped-up microburst, but with a fair amount of CGI, I might add. Definitely does not look legit from a meteorological standpoint, but understandably confusing to the untrained eyes. You would not see blast streamers lifting as an explosion might do and microbursts would drop and spread in all directions with a rather solid curtain. Yet another reminder of when something appears on social media, it is not always real!”
We also found a YouTube video published by a channel named Actu Astro meteo, with the title “When the sky meets the @sea”. The video was published in January 2021. In the description of the video, it is stated that the Video (CGI) by @orphicframer.
When we searched for orphicframer on various platforms of social media, we found his Instagram, YouTube accounts where the video was also shared.
The video was shared in June 2019 on his Instagram account and in December 2018 on his YouTube account.
The video shared on YouTube is titled “Tornado in Jersey, Channel Islands (CGI simulation) (TikTok). The description of the video states that it was created using Nikon D7200 50mm 1.8, Adobe after effects, and Cinema 4D.
The claim was also debunked by several fact-check organizations previously too.
Hence, the viral video shared on social media does not show visuals of Cyclone Biparjoy, it is a CGI simulation. The claim is false.