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Viral Image Of Cracked and Fissured Mountainside Is From Peru, Not Joshimath

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Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Claim

A mountainside with gigantic fissures said to be from Joshimath, a city in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, where almost a week after cracks appeared in many roads and hundreds of houses, authorities reportedly declared it a landslide and subsidence-hit zone.

Viral image of land with giants cracks and crevices is from Peru, not Joshimath

 The claims can be seen here and here.

Fact check

Newschecker ran a reverse image search for the viral photo, which led us to this Carleton University study that has the same picture. The caption states that the photo is of a landslide in Cusco, Peru.

Viral image of land with giants cracks and crevices is from Peru, not Joshimath

Taking a cue from this, we ran a keyword search for “Cusco, Peru landslide”, which led us to this Wikimedia Commons picture, stating that it’s a March 15, 2018 image of a landslide near Cusco, Peru. 

Viral image of land with giants cracks and crevices is from Peru, not Joshimath

According to this blog hosted by the American Geophysical Union, the world’s largest organisation of Earth and space scientists, a major landslide at Llusco in the Cusco region of Peru in March 2018 led to the destruction of over 100 houses, and the declaration of a state of emergency by the government. The blog also featured a drone video that covered the extent of the damage caused by the landslide, which was caused by high-pore water pressures and covered over 30 hectares.

Result: False

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Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Kushel HM
Kushel HM
Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

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