Tsunami ‘warning’ causes concern

Pic: South Coast Sun
Pic: South Coast Sun

A ‘WARNING’ doing the rounds after Saturday’s earth tremor appears to be causing widespread concern.

The fake warning has been posted on Facebook and is also doing the rounds on BBM and WhatsApp. Worried residents have even called the Herald, asking if they should head for the hills.

Well, relax, folks. This ‘warning’ is nothing to worry about. In fact, it is almost an exact replica of the one which did the rounds after a similar tremor in 2014. And the poor spelling and grammar should be a dead giveaway!

The message reads, “Guys I think you should read this. Hey everyone, this was just released from the south african national government of climates its been confirmed that approximately 18h00 gmt there going to be a magnitude of a tsunami waves hitting the coast line of Durban followed by hitting the wild coast Port Shepstone stretching far has port St Johns so everyone around these areas please be on high alert waves are expected to be high has 9 meters high and stretching far out shore beaches are currently being closed please take note emergency services are currently all over Durban trying to alert people the time set frame this tsunami alert has been sent out late so if u know of any friends or family at beaches please spread the word let everyone know the indian ocean will be very rough and dangerous and authority’s my might make it in time to all beaches to alert people so re-broadcast its expected to be worst than the tsunami that happened in Thailand may God be with everyone at this moment.”

The info contained in the message is baseless, so pack away the safety equipment and have a great day!

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