Morocco has recently witnessed a devastating earthquake that claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people and left over 5000 injured. Social media platforms are flooded with the visuals of this dreadful incident. Amid this, many videos are going viral on social media with false claims. One such video on the Internet shows the stability of Worshippers in the Mosque during an earthquake, which is falsely shared as the video from a recent Earthquake witnessed by Morocco.
A user by the name of Laraib Hercules posted this video on Twitter(X) with the caption: “Witness the composure of the worshippers at the time of the earthquake. There is no god but Allah.#MoroccoEarthquake”
Sharing this video on Twitter(X), another user named @Ra0x4 wrote: “A terrifying moment in the earthquake in Morocco. Watch the steadfastness of the worshipers at the time of the earthquake. There is no god but God and Muhammad is the Messenger of God” in Urdu.
Several users are sharing this video on Facebook as well as on Instagram with similar claims
To verify the claims made through the above viral video, the DFRAC team converted the viral video into some keyframes and then reverse-searched it on Google. The team found the same video on the YouTube channel of Aljazeera Arabic with the title: “watched| A new video shows the moment of worshipers’ stability during the earthquake in Syria” which dates back to Feb 23, 2023.
“ Video New surveillance camera arrived showing the moment of proof of the Muslims during the earthquake on February 20 at Al-Farooq Mosque An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit the centre of Hatay province in Turkey” mentioned in the description of the video.
A magnitude of 7.8 Earthquake struck southernmost Turkey and different cities of Syria in the early hours of the morning of February 6 this year and killed over 55,000 people following another earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5, nine hours later. The earthquakes collapsed thousands of buildings in the cities and left around 2 million people without shelter and in need of humanitarian aid.
Moreover, the viral video was also discovered on the digital media platform named gdh digital from Istanbul mentioning: “Moments when the congregation praying in a mosque in Dana town of Idlib was hit by an earthquake” as its caption.
DFRAC’s Fact-Check proves that the video claiming the stability of Worshippers during the Morocco earthquake is misleading since the viral video is associated with the Earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria in the month of Feb this year.