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Old clips from 2017 passed off as visuals of an earthquake that occurred in Mexico on 1 Sep 2023


A video clip of people rushing out of a shaky ‘NH collection-Mexico City airport T2’ building along with a few other video clips is being shared on social media claiming them as the visuals of ‘Mexico earthquakes 1st Sep 2023.’ Let’s fact-check this claim through this article.

Claim: This video compilation shows the Mexico earthquake that occurred on 1 September 2023.

Fact: An earthquake of a magnitude of 7.1 hit Mexico in September 2017, which killed almost 220 people. The viral video compilation actually shows the visuals of the 2017 Mexico earthquake. Hence, the claim made in the post is False.

To learn more about the viral video, we broke down the video into several keyframes and performed a reverse image search on them. This search revealed that all these visuals are from 2017 and were recorded when an earthquake of 7.1 magnitude hit Mexico (here and here). 

You can find these visuals in the compilation clips posted (here and here) on a YouTube channel named ‘Earthquakes.’ This compilation was uploaded by this channel in April 2023, way before the alleged 1 September 2023 earthquake.

For example

The opening clip of the viral compilation shows people rushing out of a shaky and wobbly ‘NH collection-Mexico City Airport T2’ hotel building.

This was filmed during the 2017 earthquake in Mexico which you can find here and here. Similarly, the second clip can be found here. You can find some of the other clips from this compilation here, here, and here

Additionally, a quick Google search revealed that no severe earthquake was recorded on 01 September 2023 in Mexico.

To sum up, old clips from 2017 passed off as visuals of an earthquake that occurred in Mexico on 1 Sep 2023.


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