Fact Check: Old Video Clip from Japan Falsely Shared as Recent Quake in China

The death toll has risen to 82 after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the south-western Chinese province of Sichuan on September 5, 2022.

In the above context, a video is circulated on social media with a claim that it is the recent earthquake in china.

The video is shared with a caption: भूकंप के तेज झटकों से थर्राया चीन देखिए, पूरा वीडियो.. (English translation: China trembled with strong tremors of an earthquake, watch full video…)

Here is the link to the post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found it to be old.

Extracting keyframes of the video and putting them through a Reverse Image Search, we found the same video uploaded on YouTube channel of TRT World News, dated February 13, 2021 with a title: Magnitude 7.1 earthquake hits Japan’s Fukushima.

The video was also uploaded on a verified Facebook page A News dated February 13, 2021, with the caption: A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 hit off the coast of eastern #Japan on Saturday, rattling buildings across #Tokyo. However, there appears to have been no major damage and no #tsunami warning issued. #Quake #earthquake #anews.

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 on the Richter Scale struck the northern coast of Japan on February 13, 2021. The tremors were felt in Tokyo, Miyagi and Fukushima, leaving one dead and at least 186 injured.

Thus, it is clear that the video is old and not from the recent China earthquake.

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