FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show The Aftermath Of The Recent Earthquake In Japan?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Twitter purports to show widespread damage following a recent earthquake that struck Japan.

Verdict: False

The photo shows an earthquake that struck Japan in 2016, according to CNN.

Fact Check:

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck Japan in Hokkaido off the Nemuro peninsula Saturday, the Economic Times reported. There were no reports of injuries or damage following the natural disaster and did not prompt a tsunami warning, according to Reuters.

The Twitter photo shows the wreckage that resulted from the earthquake, including multiple houses that have toppled over. “That is usually a level where items fall out of shelves and unsecured furniture may move #JapanEarthquake May God Protect the people of Japan! Praying,” the post states.

The claim is false. The photo is not included in any credible news reports about the recent earthquake that struck Japan, but rather stems from an earthquake that struck the country in 2016, according to CNN. The 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Mashiki, killing nine people, the outlet indicated. The earthquake followed another earthquake that killed 38 people. Both earthquakes left 1,055 people injured, the outlet reported.

The photo from the tweet appears in a slideshow included in the article. (RELATED: Are These Search And Rescue Photos Of A Dog From The Recent Earthquake In Turkey?)

The earthquake that struck Japan is the latest in a series of natural disasters. In addition to the Feb. 25 earthquake that struck the country, Turkey, Syria, and Tajikistan have all experienced earthquakes this month, according to BBC News, the Washington Post, and Reuters, respectively.

Check Your Fact has recently debunked several instances of misinformation stemming from the Turkey Earthquake.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter


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