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Old videos falsely shared are visuals of the 2024 Taiwan earthquake


A video (here, here and here) allegedly capturing the recent 2024 earthquake in Taiwan is making rounds on social media platforms. The video shows a few people holding onto a pole for support at a railway station amidst violent shakes. We will fact-check this claim through this article.

An archive of this can be found here.

Claim: The viral video was filmed during the Taiwan earthquake reported in April 2024.

Fact: This video is actually from September 2022, when a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan. Hence, the claim made in the post is False.

To investigate this claim, we initiated a reverse image search of the viral video’s keyframes. The reverse search led us to the identical video(archive link) from September 2022. 

Various news outlets had reported (here, here and here) on this incident, sharing the exact same visuals. 

The video does show visuals of an earthquake, but it is from September 2022 when Taiwan was hit by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake, not from the recent April 2024 quake.

To sum up, the viral video showcasing an earthquake at a Taiwanese railway station is from September 2022, not from the recent earthquake in April 2024, as claimed.


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