FACT CHECK: Did Romania Blame The U.S. For The Turkey Earthquake?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims Romania blamed the U.S. for an earthquake that struck Turkey.

Verdict: Misleading

A Romanian legislator blamed the West for the Turkey earthquake. There is no evidence the Romanian government blamed the U.S. for the earthquake.

Fact Check:

Turkey is accelerating its plans to house victims of the early February earthquake that has killed nearly 50,000 people in Turkey and Syria, according to Reuters. Over 300,000 tents have been placed, and 100,000 containers are to be built, the outlet reported.

The Facebook video, viewed more than 59,000 times, claims Romania blamed the United States for the earthquake. The video’s caption reads, “Breaking- Romania Blames U.S. For Turkish Earthquake! – Warns Of Mass Genocide & Weather Control!”

This claim, however, is misleading. A single Romanian senator, Diana Sosoaca, said during a speech that “Actually, [the earthquake] is an attack on Turkey by the world’s biggest, who totally disliked being defied by Recep Tayip Erdoğan, the president of Turkey,” according to Veridica. She blamed the West for the earthquake, not the actual Romanian government.

Throughout the speech, Sosoaca repeated false claims about the earthquake and Turkey, according to TruthMeter. For example, she stated Turkey was leaving the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the West closed consulates due to the earthquake, both of which are false, the outlet reported.  (RELATED: Does This Photo Show An Imam Thanking A Dog For Rescuing People In Turkey?)

Check Your Fact did not find any press releases or news reports that the Romanian Prime Minister, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Romanian embassy in the U.S. placed blame on the U.S. for the earthquake. The video also repeats a false claim that the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) was potentially responsible for the earthquake, as that claim has been debunked by news outlets such as USA Today and the South China Morning Post.

Check Your Fact reached out to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment and will update this article if a response is provided.

Elias Atienza

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