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Thousands fooled by ‘Abergavenny’ giant waves hoax

19 Feb 2022 2 minute read
The giant waves at ‘Abergavenny’

As Storm Eunice ravaged parts of the UK yesterday, social media was the place to be for the latest updates on conditions around the country.

Coastlines were beset with giant waves and the weather was hazardous in areas with a red Met office warning.

Spare a thought then for the poor residents of Abergavenny who, if one picture posted on the internet was to be believed, were being pounded by giant waves.

Yes, that’s the Welsh landlocked town of Abergavenny, some 20-30 miles from the coast.

Don’t believe everything you read or see on the internet is usually good advice but that didn’t stop Twitter user @TufferB – whose Abergavenny giant waves tweet fooled thousands into believing that Storm Eunice was so strong it had displaced the market town with some impressive erosion to the shoreline.

When the joker posted his tweet yesterday proclaiming ‘Amazing scenes here in Abergavenny this morning’, he possibly didn’t expect that many people with a rudimentary knowledge of Welsh geography to be taken in by his post.

However, that wasn’t the case as thousands replied to his tweet with comments such as ‘Wow, that’s incredible’, ‘I hope the people of Abergavenny are safe’, and ‘Why are people driving there when waves are that big’.

Not everybody was suckered in, of course. Many also played along and others were quick to point out the topographical impossibility of such a phenomenon giving the picture was in fact of Sennen Cove in Cornwall.

The moral of this story is of course – check your map before you believe a giant waves tweet!


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Richard 1
Richard 1
7 months ago

Damn! Anyone want to buy a brand new surfboard?

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
7 months ago
Reply to  Richard 1

I’ll buy it. Apparently there is amazing surf in Newtown.

Welsh_Siôn
Welsh_Siôn
7 months ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

Making waves in y Drenewydd, GW Atkinson? Well, I never … 😀

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
7 months ago

No wonder Nevill Hall was like a ghost town yesterday. Actually so pleased and shocked that I found a parking spot I considered leaving the car there.

Cynan
Cynan
7 months ago

“Likes” are not the same as “being fooled”. Journalists! 🙄

Richy
Richy
7 months ago

Rumour has it the wave was so big splashes were felt in Brecon!

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