Image shows heart-shaped blue pond in abandoned Russian mine
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A photo has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook with a claim that it shows the “Hand of God” pond in Zimbabwe’s Buchwa mine in the Midlands Province. But the claim is wrong: the photo of the heart-shaped pond was taken in the Kadykovsky quarry in Russia.
The photo has been posted here on Facebook on June 12, 2021, and has since been shared nearly 500 times.
âThis pond called ‘Hand of God’ is located in Buchwa, Mberengwa District, Midlands Province. Zimbabwe (sic)â, We read in the caption of the article.
The photo was also posted on Twitter on June 8, 2021 and has been retweeted over 130 times.
But the claim is wrong.
Pond in Crimea Russia
By performing a reverse image search, AFP Fact Check found the Photo in Alamy Stock Photos online archives. It was taken by photographer Mykola Grabchuk on April 19, 2020 and shows the heart-shaped blue pond in the abandoned Kadykovsky quarry near the Crimean city of Balaklava.
Using Google Maps, AFP Fact Check confirmed that the Photo shows the Kadykovsky pond in Crimea.
Below is a side-by-side comparison of the image on Google Maps (L) and the image of the fake message (R). The two images show the same roads and the same vegetation at the edge of the pond.
Google Maps also helped us locate a satellite picture heart-shaped blue in the Kadykovsky quarry pond in the Balaklava district in the Sevastopol city region.
AFP Fact Check searched for the “Hand of God” pond in Zimbabwe and found no information about its existence.