These Videos Were Not Shot in Tajikistan After the Recent Earthquake

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26th February 2023
These Videos Were Not Shot in Tajikistan After the Recent Earthquake
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake Tajikistan on February 23 (Twitter)

The Claim

A video shows the recent earthquake that hit Tajikistan from different angles.

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A video of four scenes, purportedly showing the recent earthquake that struck Tajikistan, has gone viral online. 

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the viral video and found the claim to be misleading.

A thorough reverse image search revealed that three of the four video clips are outdated and unrelated to Tajikistan’s recent earthquake.

The First Scene Shows the 2015 Nepal Earthquake

The video features a building that collapsed in the street crashing into a truck.

Contrary to the claim, the video shows the earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015. On May 3, 2015, the video was uploaded to YouTube by a user called Arwa Musafir.

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As the video's description suggests, it was shot on the day the earthquake struck the country.

The Second Scene Shows the 2018 Earthquake in Trinidad and Tobago

The second video shows the first visual of the earthquake that hit Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean on August 21, 2018.

The video was taken from a supermarket’s security camera. Angles of Trinidad and Tobago, a Facebook page, published the same circulating video on August 23, 2018.

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The Third Scene Features Japan 2011 Earthquake

The video shows buildings swaying after a 9.1 magnitude earthquake hit Japan on March 11, 2011.

The video was uploaded to YouTube on August 31, 2018, with the title "Buildings Swaying 9.1 Earthquake -- Scary Footage [Historical Speeches TV]."

2023 Tajikistan Earthquake

According to officials, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck a sparsely populated, rural area of Tajikistan early on February 23 near China's far western Xinjiang region. No injuries or losses were reported following the earthquake.

The epicenter of the earthquake was 67 kilometers (41 miles) west of Murghob, Tajikistan, and 20 kilometers (12 miles) below ground, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

In some sections of Kashgar prefecture and Kizilsu Kyrgyz autonomous prefecture in Xinjiang, the earthquake was felt powerfully across the border.

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Video of Passengers Surprised by an Earthquake Is Outdated

This Video Was Not Taken After the Recent Earthquake in Tajikistan

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