Fact Check: No, The Viral Image Does NOT Show Recent Earthquake In Pakistan; Here’s The Truth

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 hit Pakistan’s Balochistan province on October 7, 2021, killing 22 people and injuring over 300. In this backdrop, an image of a broken road has gone viral on social media with a claim that this was due to the recent earthquake that rocked Balochistan.

The Urdu caption associated with the image reads: “زمین لرزه در پاکستان، ۲۰ کشته و ۳۰۰ زخمی برجا گذاشت اهـ غريب دير گيرد اما سخت گيرد”

(English Translation: Earthquake kills 20, injures 300 in Pakistan)

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NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the post to be misleading.

On doing a Google Reverse Image Search, we found that the same image was uploaded by LiveMint on September 25, 2019. The image was shared with a caption that read, “Shortly after the tremor hit, Pakistan’s military dispatched troops and medical teams to the quake-affected area to assist civilian authorities in helping victims (Photo: PTI).”

We also found the same image was published by NDTV on September 25, 2019. The title of the article read, “37 Dead, Nearly 500 Injured In Earthquake In Pak-Occupied Kashmir, Pak.” According to the article, an earthquake hit the Pakistan occupied Kashmir and other places in Pakistan killing around 37 people.

Hence, we can say that an old image of an earthquake in Pakistan occupied Kashmir has gone viral with a misleading claim that it happened due to the recent earthquake in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

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