Video of corner building collapsing was not taken in Morocco earthquake aftermath

19 September 2023
What was claimed

A video shows a building on a corner in Morocco collapsing after the recent earthquake.

Our verdict

The video shows a building collapsing in Casablanca in December 2022.

A video on Facebook of a building collapsing has the caption: “The moment a house collapsed in Al-Bayda as a result of the #earthquake. #Marocco [sic]”. The video was posted on 9 September 2023.

However, the video actually shows a building collapsing in Casablanca (known in Arabic as Al-Dar al-Bayda) in December 2022. Footage of the collapse has been circulating online since 26 December

Local news outlets reported that no one was hurt in the accident, which they say occurred on the night of 26/27 December. They did not mention an earthquake being the cause.

We’ve previously checked a very similar video of a building collapsing in Casablanca in 2020, which some people also claimed showed the aftermath of the 8 September earthquake in Morocco, a disaster that has killed at least 2,901 people and injured over 5,000.

Major news stories like this one can quickly become the subject of misinformation online, with misattributed images and videos being difficult to correct after they are shared widely. We’ve seen this happen previously with the Maui fires, the riots in France and February’s earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

Misinformation like this can be hard to spot, so it’s worth checking if social media images and videos are what they say they are before you share. We’ve written a guide on how to verify videos here.

Image courtesy of T’Amal

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