This Video Was Not Taken After the Recent Earthquake in Tajikistan
A video shows the aftermath of the recent earthquake that hit Tajikistan on February 23.
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Following the recent earthquake that hit Tajikistan on February 23, social media users circulated a video purporting to show the aftermath of the earthquake.
The video, which was captured from a car, shows collapsed buildings due to the earthquake.
Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading.
After conducting a thorough reverse image search, Misbar’s team found the video making the rounds to be unrelated to Tajikistan’s earthquake.
The Video is From the Turkey-Syria Earthquake
Contrary to the viral claim, the video was taken in Turkey following the earthquake that recently struck Turkey, along with Syria and other nearby countries.
The same video was uploaded to Twitter on February 8. According to the video’s caption, it was taken in Antakya küçükdalyan.
Another publisher of the video uploaded the video on the same date, following the two major earthquakes that struck the country.
2023 Turkey-Syria Earthquakes
Due to the many earthquakes, February 2023 was one of the cruelest months Turkey and Syria had ever experienced.
On February 6, Turkey and Syria were rocked by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people.
Two weeks later, the two countries were struck by a second earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3.
Al Jazeera reported that the death toll has increased and is currently near 50,000. Even so, it's expected to increase even further.
A 6.8 Earthquake Hit Tajikistan
According to Tajik authorities, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Tajikistan at 5:37 a.m. local time on Thursday.
The quake was also felt in China and other nearby countries. There were no immediately reported casualties.
The earthquake occurred in the hilly Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous area, which was also affected by a series of devastating avalanches earlier this month.
While having a low population, it is home to the large lake Sarez, which, if disturbed, could flood a broad region spanning many countries.
It is worth mentioning that Tajikistan's disaster squad assisted in the rescue efforts following the earlier earthquake that struck Turkey.
This Video Was Not Taken During the Recent Earthquake in Turkey