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Fact Check-Georgia monument damaged by an explosion, not earthquake

The Georgia Guidestones, an enigmatic granite monument erected in 1980 in a field near a highway in the U.S. state of Georgia, was damaged by a bomb left by vandals and then demolished for safety reasons.

Social media users claimed the destruction was an earthquake and an act of God. One user writes, “At 4 am this morning, one of the Georgia Guidestones collapsed and crumbled. Reports are saying it was an earthquake. Is this a sign from God?” See (here).

In another video a woman says people local to the monument are claiming it was an earthquake, “God is amazing” she says, see (here).

The slabs were engraved with a message in 12 languages calling for the preservation of humankind by limiting the world's population to fewer than a half-billion people to live "in perpetual balance with nature," according to official translations of the text (here).

The monument has long drawn opposition from critics who tie its message to far-right conspiracies or religious blasphemy.

Prominent among them was Kandiss Taylor, a Republican activist who made removal of the monument part of her campaign platform in a failed campaign for nomination as the party’s candidate for governor.

In a pinned tweet, she writes, “I am the ONLY candidate bold enough to stand up to the Luciferian Cabal” and shares a campaign video about the monument, linking it to a conspiracy theory about a New World Order (here).

Following news of the Guidestones' bombing, Taylor suggested on Twitter that the monument's demise was an act of divine intervention."God is God all by Himself. He can do ANYTHING He wants to do. That includes striking down Satanic Guidestones," she tweeted, viewable (here).

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) posted on its official Twitter feed a video clip of the blast caught on surveillance camera and separate footage of a car speeding away from the scene, viewable (here) and (here).

“For safety reasons, the structure has been completely demolished,” the GBI said. (twitter.com/GBI_GA)

Before it was vandalized, the 19-foot-tall monument consisted of one upright slab at the center of four larger tablets arranged around it, with a large rectangular capstone placed atop the others.

The collection of gray monoliths was erected in 1980 in the middle of a large field near the town of Elberton, Georgia, off Highway 77.

VERDICT

False. The Georgia Guidestones monument was damaged by a bomb and the explosion was captured on camera by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. It was not an earthquake.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here .

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