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Old video of building collapse resurfaces as 7.8 magnitude earthquake hits Turkey, Syria

Claim: A video of a multi-storey building collapse has gone viral online, with users asserting that it happened when an earthquake hit Turkey on Monday, February 6, 2023.

Verdict: Using the InVid verification tool, we realised that the video predates the Turkey earthquake incident.

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Over 2,000 deaths have been reported in Turkey and Syria after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck both countries on Monday, February 6, 2023. The disaster has brought thousands of buildings crashing down in the two countries, and rescue operations are ongoing.

One of Ghana’s Black Stars players Christian Atsu who now plays for Hayatspor in Turkey is reported to be among those missing and likely to be buried under rubble.

Since the news of the disaster broke, many online users have not gone silent over the tragic incident. Many users are sharing visuals of buildings tumbling down and alleging that the footage is from Turkey.

One such video has attracted over 700K views, with several other thousands sharing the 23-seconds video.


Using the InVid verification tool, keyframes from the video were subjected to different reverse image searches. 

The results indicated a 2021 condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida, United States of America.

According to a US National Institute of Standards and Technology publication, the incident happened on June 24, 2021.

We found the same video, which had gone viral, with online users claiming it happened in Turkey.

Published by NBC Miami, they captioned the video as “Surveillance footage shows the moment a 12-story condominium building in Surfside collapsed early Thursday morning.”

The publication by www.nbcmiami.com is dated June 24, 2021.


Evidently, the viral video predates Monday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake hitting Turkey and Syria.

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