National Geographic buying a video that allegedly shows several destructive tornadoes is false. The popular magazine on interests such as geography, archaeology and natural science did not purchase video for $1 million showing the recording of a series of destructive tornadoes. Rather, the video actually is of computer-generated special effects from the movie, Into the Storm.
The video has been seen over 81 million times. Where did this video originate? In September 2017, the United States and other countries around the world were experiencing many cases of extreme weather. As a result of all this bizarre and dangerous weather, a video was posted on Facebook showing a string of destructive tornadoes. The claim was that the National Geographic bought the video for $1 million.
However, the claim is false, according to Snopes. Their research shows that the majority of the footage actually comes from the 2014 movie Into the Storm. Some social media users believed the claim despite there being a lack of contextual information, such as where and when these tornados occurred.
Into the Storm is a 2014 American found footage disaster film directed by Steven Quale, written by John Swetnam, starring Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies. The film was released by Warner Bros. Pictures on August 8, 2014. It is a meteorological disaster film about a rash of tornadoes striking Silverton, Oklahoma. You can see the full trailer for the film at the bottom of the page.
Snopes noted that scenes from the video are visible in the below compilation video showing “all tornado destruction scenes” from the movie Into the Storm. Therefore, it would appear that the claim that National Geographic purchased this video for $1 million is false.
Here are some examples of people sharing the false claim on social media.
National Geographic paid this guy $1 Million for a video of a tornado! I now understand storm chasers lol .
— KungFu Kitten🐾💛 (@bitemypinkx) September 12, 2017
— Express Indian (@ExpressIndianEI) September 4, 2017
The power of naturehttps://t.co/mEpNzQvPqn
— Harris Samaras (@HarrisSamaras) September 9, 2017
HOLY PEOPLE of YAH
ALL IS READY SAYS YAH!
National Geographic paid 1 Million for Video!https://t.co/Xht69Kjded
Prophet DDK pic.twitter.com/rYQVG2EUWg
— D`D`K` (@thewhitequeen11) September 8, 2017
National Geographic channel has paid $1 million for this daring video pic.twitter.com/WvMabi1atj
— Pis (@HafizRahimz) September 3, 2017
Here is the synopsis of Into the Storm: As a new day begins in the town of Silverton, its residents have little reason to believe it will be anything other than ordinary. Mother Nature, however has other plans. In the span of just a few hours, an unprecedented onslaught of powerful tornadoes ravages Silverton. Storm trackers predict that the worst is still to come, as terrified residents seek shelter, and professional storm-chasers run toward the danger, hoping to study the phenomenon close up and get a once-in-a-lifetime shot.
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The National Geographic Society is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Founded in 1888, its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation, and the study of world culture and history. The National Geographic Society’s logo is a yellow portrait frame – rectangular in shape – which appears on the margins surrounding the front covers of its magazines and as its television channel logo. In partnership with 21st Century Fox, the Society operates the magazine, TV channels, a website that features extra content and worldwide events, and other media operations.
What did you think of the video? Did you believe the claim that National Geographic bought the video or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Have you seen Into the Storm? What did you think of the film? Let us know in the comments section.
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