A video showing a strange light in the night sky, along with some buildings in the foreground, has gone viral on the internet.
The claim: People sharing it have said that strange lights were seen in the sky before the devastating earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria.
A floating text, "Before Turkey Earthquake," can be seen on the viral video.
At least 34,000 people have lost their lives following several earthquakes in Turkey and Syria since 6 February.
The truth: The video is from Kazakhstan and has been on the internet since 25 September 2022, which predates the recent earthquakes.
How did we find that out: We used the InVID WeVerify Google Chrome extension to extract keyframes from the viral video and conducted a keyword search on some of them.
The caption stated that the video was from Balkhash in Kazakhstan.
Geolocation of the building: We conducted a reverse image search of a cleaner frame from the original video and found a news article talking about the weather in Balkhash.
The article was published on a Kazakh news website and had a photograph of the same buildings.
We looked for street view images from Balkhash on Google maps and found the same building.
A side-by-side comparison shows that it's the same building from the viral video.
Conclusion: While we don't know the reason behind the light pattern, it's clear that the video is old and from Kazakhstan. It clearly predates the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
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