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Old photos from eastern Turkey shared with recent photos of the earthquake in Afghanistan




Social media has posted a collage of photos of collapsed buildings, claiming to be images of the massive destruction caused by the earthquake in Afghanistan. On February 12, 2021, an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale struck Faizabad, Afghanistan. Let’s verify the claim featured in the post.

An archived version of the post can be seen here

Claim: Photos of the massive devastation wrought by an earthquake in Afghanistan.

Fact: The photos published in the post show the massive devastation caused by the earthquake that struck eastern Turkey on January 24, 2020. These photos have nothing to do with the recent earthquake in Afghanistan. Hence, the claim made in the post is incorrect.

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On a reverse image search of the image that was shared in the post, a similar image was found in an article published by “The New Indian Express” on January 25, 2020. This article reported that it is a picture of a collapsed building after a massive earthquake struck 6.8 Elazig Province in eastern Turkey. Several news websites published the same photo, articles about the earthquake that struck the city of Elazig, in eastern Turkey. It can be seen here, here and here. According to these news reports, a strong earthquake struck Elazig on January 24, 2020.


On a reverse image search of the image that was published in the post, we found a similar image in an article published by the Foa news site on January 24, 2020. In the article, it was mentioned as a visual image of the massive damage caused by the earthquake in eastern Turkey. Watch the news articles that published the same photo here, here, and here.

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A similar picture was found in an article published by “Global News”. The article stated that it was visible from the earthquake that struck eastern Turkey. Watch news articles that share a similar picture here and here.

From all this evidence, it is concluded that the images published in the post are related to the earthquake that struck eastern Turkey in January 2020.

To sum up, the 2020 photos from the earthquake that struck eastern Turkey as Afghanistan was recently struck by the recent images of the earthquake have been shared.

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