A video shows a building collapsing during the 2023 Morocco earthquake.
In the aftermath of the recent earthquake in Morocco, social media users widely circulated a video clip purporting to feature a collapsing building in Marrakech, Morocco, due to the earthquake.
An X user published the video along with the caption, "#BREAKING Horrific moment of collapse of a house caught on security camera #earthquake at #Morocco in the region of #Marrakech. Pray for Morocco."
Misbar investigated the viral footage and found the claim to be misleading.
The Video Predates Morocco’s Recent Earthquake
Contrary to the widely spread claim, the video was shot earlier than claimed. The original footage, showing the collapse of a four-story house in Derb Moulay Cherif in Casablanca, dates back to December 2022.
A Moroccan YouTube channel called "Chaff" uploaded the video on December 27, 2022, with a translated caption that reads, "The moment a four-storey house collapsed in Derb Moulay Cherif."
Another YouTube channel also shared the same footage depicting the building's collapse on December 27, 2022, corroborating the original source's date of publication.
Furthermore, another YouTube channel noted that such incidents have occurred in the city before.
Devastating 6.8-Magnitude Earthquake Claims Over 1,000 Lives in Morocco
A powerful earthquake measuring 6.8 magnitude, the deadliest in decades, has struck central Morocco, leading to a tragic loss of more than 1,000 lives. Rescue teams are diligently working to locate survivors amidst the debris in remote mountainous regions.
Morocco's state TV channel, Al Aoula, has conveyed that a minimum of 1,037 individuals have perished, with over 700 others in critical condition, according to statements from the interior ministry.
The earthquake originated in Morocco's High Atlas mountain range and reached a relatively shallow depth of 18.5 kilometers (11.4 miles), as reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Its epicenter was situated approximately 72 kilometers (44.7 miles) southwest of Marrakech.
This earthquake stands as the deadliest catastrophe in the country since 2004 when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the port city of Al Hoceima, claiming roughly 630 lives. The most devastating earthquake in modern Moroccan history took place in 1960 near the western city of Agadir, resulting in the tragic loss of at least 12,000 lives.