Old Video From Japan Peddled as Recent Visuals From Tajikistan Earthquake

This video shows scenes during an earthquake in Japan and dates back to 2021.

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A video showing things falling down from the shelves due to a tremor caused by a strong earthquake is going viral on social media as a video from Tajikistan.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 hit Tajikistan on Thursday, 23 February.

Who shared it?: Along with social media users, news media outlet, Moneycontrol, also shared the video with the same claim.

  • An archive can be seen here.

    (Source: Money Control/Screenshot)

(Archives of similar claims can be seen here and here.)

Where is the video actually from?: The video dates back to February 2021 and is from Japan.


How did we find out the truth?: We ran a reverse image search on some of the keyframes of the video and came across a YouTube video from 2021.

  • The video was uploaded by a Turkish public broadcaster, TRT World Now, a verified news channel on YouTube.

  • The clip was shared on 13 February 2021 with a title that said that this visual is from an earthquake that hit Fukushima, Japan.

  • We also found a report by News Wire LK, a news portal from Sri Lanka from 13 February 2021 about the Japan earthquake.

  • The report stated that an earthquake with magnitude of 7.1 hit off Fukushima prefecture in northeastern Japan, causing blackouts in over 800,000 households.

  • The report carried a tweet that included this viral video which had garnered over 5.2 million views while writing this article.

  • The tweet was made by username '@himei42' on 13 February 2021.

This video shows scenes during an earthquake in Japan and dates back to 2021.

An archive can be seen here.

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

  • We also found a report by news agency Reuters from 13 February 2021 which said that according to Japan Meteorological Agency, the earthquake had a 7.3 magnitude.

What about the recent earthquake in Tajikistan?: Tajikistan was hit by 6.8 magnitude earthquake on 23 February and its tremors were felt in China and other neighbouring countries.

  • The quake had struck the mountainous Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region.

Conclusion: An old video from Japan is being shared as recent visuals from Tajikistan earthquake.

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