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Phuket ‘volcano’ hoax causes panic among Russians

PHUKET: A picture of Wednesday night’s SuperCheap fire posted on Facebook prompted Russians on the island and in Russia to fear a volcano had erupted.

Friday 18 October 2013, 05:32PM

The image (above), which shows smoke billowing from behind a hill in Phuket Town, carried the warning that everybody should get their money, documents and travel to Phuket Town Bus Terminal to catch a waiting bus that would take passengers to safety.

View the hoaxer's Facebook page here.

It caused some Phuket-resident Russians to fear the worst and post desperate and panic-stricken questions, alarming relatives back in Russia. 

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Eventually though, the hoax was revealed by fellow Facebook netizens, and the post author was threatened with “prygden” being put in his pants.

The Phuket News is still uncertain what that is.



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