Fact Check-Video of people rushing into the street does not show Turkey earthquake, dates from 2015

CCTV footage of people rushing into the middle of an unidentified road as an earthquake hit has been shared on social media with captions falsely linking it to the 2023 earthquake in Turkey and Syria. However, the CCTV footage is several years old.

“Earthquake (Turkey) - Visible Lateral Ground Movement…”, a Facebook user said in a caption alongside the video on Feb. 6 (here ).

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Feb. 6 is likely to be one of the deadliest this decade, seismologists said, with a more than 100 km (62 miles) rupture between the Anatolian and Arabian plates (here ).

The CCTV video, dates from at least 2015 and has also been shared online in relation to the Nepal earthquake in April that year.

The video was uploaded to YouTube on May 19, 2015 by Kantipur TV HD, captioned: “CCTV footage of Thapathali during Earthquake on 25 April 2015” (here ).

The video was also posted to YouTube on June 1, 2015 with the headline “Nepal Earthquake - Visible Lateral Ground Movement” (here ).

A screenshot from the CCTV footage, which includes an April 25, 2015, timestamp, was also featured in a report about various Nepal earthquake footage by Austin Elliott, an earthquake scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey (here )

Almost 9,000 people were killed and more than a million houses destroyed, at a cost to the Nepalese economy of $6 billion, in two earthquakes that hit the country three weeks apart. More on those incidents can be seen (here ) (here ).


Miscaptioned. Video does not show earthquake in Turkey but dates from at least 2015. It has previously been shared in connection with an earthquake in Nepal on April 25, 2015, a reverse image search revealed.

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