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11 Viral Photos That AREN'T Hurricane Sandy

Don't share these images from storms past, or storms that never existed.

Posted on October 29, 2012, at 1:37 p.m. ET

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.

1.

disasterandemergencysurvival.com

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.*

2.

blogs.phillymag.com

A photoshop job of the Statue of Liberty and a supercell thunderstorm from 2004 taken by photographer Mike Hollingshead.

3.

media.salon.com

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.

4.

si.wsj.net

This Manhattan skyline fake has been floating around Twitter and Instagram today, but was originally on a Wall Street Journal post from 2011.

5.

sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net

This photo was taken during a storm in September 2012, in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

6.

nation.time.com

Crazy satellite picture...of Hurricane Ike.

7.

allthingsd.com

Perfect Storm. From the movie.

8.

Via Twitter: @ry_hudson

Twitter jokes.

9.

Via instagram.com

Instagram jokes.

10.

facebook.com

Facebook jokes.

11.

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!

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