Fact Check-Video of scaffolding collapse on high-rise building was captured in Tama, Tokyo, not Turkey or Syria during Feb. 6 earthquake

Footage of scaffolding peeling off the side of a high-rise building has been posted online next to a claim that it shows an incident during the Feb. 6, 2023, Turkey-Syria earthquake. However, the video was captured at least seven years ago in Tama, Tokyo.

One Facebook user (here and archived: here) uploaded the recording alongside information about the quake which has killed more than 5,000 people (here and here)

However, the video is unrelated to the 2023 earthquakes.

Geolocation on Google Maps shows the video was captured in the Japanese city of Tama, Tokyo (

According to Japanese news reports from April 17, 2016, which show other angles or still images from the same incident, the clip shows strong winds ripping scaffolding off a building that was due to be demolished (here, here and here).

Reuters has addressed several claims about the Turkey-Syria earthquakes (here, here and here).


Miscaptioned. The video is unrelated to the Turkey-Syria earthquake as it is at least seven years old and was recorded in Tama, Tokyo.

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