Snapshot of the misleading post

No, this video does not show a cyclone damaging a bridge in India

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A video shared on Facebook claims to show large waves caused by Cyclone Gaja engulfing a bridge in India on November 16, 2018. The video was not filmed during that cyclone; it has been repeatedly shared online to represent other storms around the world since at least 2017.

The 25-second video showing large waves hitting the Pamban bridge has a caption that says: “Gaja cyclone in Rameswaram.”

Cyclone Gaja barrelled into India's eastern coast on November 16, 2018.

The video has been widely shared on Facebook, for example here and here, alongside claims it shows waves hitting the bridge at Rameswaram in the southern state of Tamil Nadu during the cyclone.

But reverse image searches show the same video has been repeatedly shared online previously.

Below is one video saying it was in Brazil in January, 2018.

It was shared here in 2017 with a claim it was in Indonesia, and received more than 170,000 views.

It was also claimed here to be in India’s financial capital Mumbai during Cyclone Ockhi in 2017. 

According to an Indian news media, the Pamban bridge was undamaged in Cyclone Gaja. The Hindu posted a video of the bridge here