It’s very, very easy to accidentally spread misinformation on social media, especially when it comes to natural disasters — as shown by this oft-blogged image from a Brunei storm. Here are some pictures to watch out for in Sandy coverage.
This is often credited as Hurricane Isabel, but Snopes says it is not so: Its provenance is not known but some think it was a 2003 tropical cyclone in Australia.*
A photoshop job of the Statue of Liberty and a supercell thunderstorm from 2004 taken by photographer Mike Hollingshead.
This image is from a video called “Flooded McDonald’s” once part of a French* art installation by the Danish Group Superflex. Not the real thing.
This Manhattan skyline fake has been floating around Twitter and Instagram today, but was originally on a Wall Street Journal post from 2011.
This photo was taken during a storm in September 2012, in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Crazy satellite picture…of Hurricane Ike.
Updating as new photographs surface throughout the day, keep adding more in the comments!
*Corrected an earlier version that mistakenly attributed the first item to Hurricane Isabel. Thanks to Alex Ogle for the catch.
*Corrected an earlier version that incorrectly listed German not French. Thanks Alexj19.
*For some background on #2, check out this image. It only takes a few people to make a picture go viral, and then it’s out of the original poster’s hands!