Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show 2023 Southern Turkey Earthquake -- It's 2021 Condo Collapse In Surfside, Florida

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show 2023 Southern Turkey Earthquake -- It's 2021 Condo Collapse In Surfside, Florida Miami USA 2021

Does video footage posted on social media show a tall apartment building in southern Turkey collapsing from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on February 6, 2023? No, that's not true: This footage is not recent and is not from Turkey. It shows the June 24, 2021, collapse of a portion of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in the American town of Surfside, Florida.

The Florida video resurfaced in a post on Facebook on February 6, 2023, published by the page Turkey Earthquake 2023. It was captioned:

Powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hits in southern Turkey.
There are reports of several hundred dead.
This is how the post appeared at the time of the writing of this fact check:
(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Feb 07 15:19:17 2023 UTC)
The actual 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Turkey and Syria on February 6, 2023, was followed by a 7.5 magnitude aftershock among over 100 smaller tremors that destroyed "thousands" of buildings. At the time of writing, the death toll of the quake in the two countries has exceeded 7,200 people, according to government officials and a rescue service, Reuters reported.
By contrast, the exact cause of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, is still unknown, although several structural issues have been identified that could have played a role. Over a year after the collapse, the structural engineer hired by the town to investigate has not been able to pinpoint one specific cause for the structural failure. At a commission meeting on January 10, 2023, the engineer reported they were 90 percent sure geological conditions did not cause the condo collapse. The primary investigation of the collapse conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology is expected to conclude by 2025.

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


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