FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Tsunami That Followed A Recent Earthquake In Turkey?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Twitter purportedly shows a tsunami that followed a recent strong earthquake in Turkey.

Verdict: False

The claim is false. The original video, which has been shared on YouTube, shows a 2017 tsunami in Greenland.

Fact Check:

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria Monday, causing significant damage in the country, Insider reported. Italian authorities issued and then later withdrew a tsunami warning for the country’s southern coast following the major earthquake, according to Reuters.

The Twitter post shows a video of a red wooden cabin being swept away by tsunami waters with a Telegram link to the video. “The first pictures of the tsunami wave in Turkey after the strong earthquake in the country,” the Twitter post, viewed over 3,000 times, purports.

The claim is false. The original video, which has been shared on YouTube, shows a June 2017 tsunami in Greenland’s Umiammakka Nunaat peninsula. The red wooden cabin is seen being swept away by the tsunami from a different angle. (RELATED: Does This Video Show The Recent Tornado In Pasadena?)

The tsunami, which was initially over 90 meters high, struck the village of Nuugaatsiaq after being triggered by a 4.1 magnitude earthquake 28 kilometers north of the area, CBC reported. Four people were feared to have died as a result of the event, while many others were injured, the outlet indicated, citing a report from BBC.

The purported video of the tsunami is not included in any credible news reports about the earthquake. Likewise, the video has not been shared on the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency’s (AFAD) website or its verified social media accounts.

Check Your Fact has contacted AFAD for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter