Disturbing images and videos purportedly of the earthquake in Syria and Turkey have flooded social media ever since the disaster hit the countries on February 6, 2023. At the time of the publication of this article, the toll has gone past 21,000.

One of the videos shared by several social media users appears to be of a restaurant kitchen and was recorded by a security camera during an earthquake. Users have described it as footage of the Turkey quake.

A Twitter user named Manoj Singh shared this video with a caption to that effect.

Another Twitter user, Pankaj Kumar, shared the same video with a similar claim. The video has got over 2.9 Million views at the moment and has become increasingly viral.

The video is making rounds on social media. Multiple accounts have shared the video on Twitter and Facebook.

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Fact Check

On breaking down the video into key-frames using the InVid software, and reverse-searching one of those frames on Yandex, we were able to get hold of video news reports from October 2020.

One such video report was by a YouTube news channel called Syria Stream published on October 31, 2020, and the CCTV footage was dated October 30, 2020.

Another news report by a Spanish news agency, Policia Le Revista, carried the video on October 30, 2020, in the context of the earthquake that had struck Turkey and Greece at the time. The video is from a restaurant in the city of Izmir in Turkey.

Hence, the viral video is old and unrelated to the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria. The video is from the city of Izmir in Turkey during an earthquake on October 30, 2020.

Vansh Shah is an intern with Alt News.

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