Video claiming to be from this week’s earthquake in Turkey actually from 2020

7 February 2023
What was claimed

CCTV video shows February 2023 earthquake in Turkey.

Our verdict

The video does appear to show an earthquake in Turkey, but it is from 2020, and does not show the current disaster.

A video shared on Facebook on 7 February 2023 captioned “turkey earthquake today cctv footage” is actually from three years ago.

The post claims to show footage of the recent earthquake on 6 February 2023, which has killed at least 5,000 people in south-east Turkey and northern Syria. 

The video has been shared across social media since, attracting millions of views on Twitter, including versions with captions dating it to February 2023.

However, the video was posted by the Iran-based Mehr News Agency on 31 October 2020, with the claim that it showed the Turkish city of Izmir, after it surfaced on Twitter the day before. The original source is unclear but the video clearly does not show the recent earthquake in Turkey.

On 30 October 2020 an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale affected Turkey’s western Aegean coast and the Greek island of Samos. It killed 117 people in Turkey, including in Izmir, and two in Greece.

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