Fact Check-Stock photo of boy surrounded by rubble used amidst Turkey-Syria quake

A 2021 stock photograph of a young boy surrounded by rubble is being shared on social media following the Turkey-Syria earthquake on Feb. 6, 2023.

The powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Turkey and northwest Syria on Feb. 6, 2023, killing more than 2,200 people and injuring thousands, Reuters reported (here).

Misinformation often spreads online after a catastrophe strikes and can include false images of the aftermath or misleading narratives on rescue efforts.

One post with the text, “No one Can not feel the Pain of This child!! #earthquakeinturkey #Turkey” can be seen (here). Other examples can be seen (here) and (here).

In this case, the photograph being shared is miscaptioned. It does not show a child affected by the recent deadly earthquake.

A reverse Google Images search reveals that the same photograph is available as a stock image on Adobe Stock photos ( with the caption, “boy crying among the ruins.”

Other similar photos from the same series can be seen ( and (


Miscaptioned. The image shows a stock photograph, not a child affected by the Turkey-Syria earthquake that happened on Feb. 6, 2023.

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