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Fact Check-Video does not show July earthquake in Alaska– it was filmed in 2018

A home video said to show the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the Alaskan peninsula late on Wednesday July 28 has begun to spread online. However, it was originally posted three years ago.

Reuters reported that the quake struck at 10.15pm local time (0615GMT Thursday here). Soon after, Facebook users began sharing a video allegedly showing the tremors hitting someone’s home.

“Earthquake in Alaska a [sic] minutes ago Magnitude 8.1”, read one post viewed 3,300 times (here). Others described the video as “breaking” news (here , here).

But the video was not filmed in July 2021. The clip was originally uploaded to Twitter on Nov. 30, 2018 when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck about 8 miles (13 km) north of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city (here).

A man named James Easton confirmed he owned the video on Twitter (here), which was later shared (here) by US-based meteorologist Jordan Steele (here , here) and several media outlets (here).

It is not the first time this footage has been recycled online. Reuters Fact Check spotted the video circulating in October 2020 when a 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit the south of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands (here).

VERDICT

False. This video was filmed in 2018 and does not show the earthquake in Alaska on July 28, 2021.

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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