FACT CHECK: Video Shows Demolition, Not Taiwan Earthquake

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims to show the Taiwanese earthquake.

Verdict: False

The video is from a controlled demolition in 2021 in China and is not related to the Taiwan earthquake.

Fact Check: 

A major earthquake struck Taiwan on April 3, the strongest in 25 years, according to NPR. At least nine people died and hundreds were injured, the outlet reported.

Social media users have been sharing a video of collapsed videos, claiming it shows Taiwan’s earthquake. One user wrote, “VIDEO: Many feared d£ad, hundreds injured as 7.2 earthquake hits Taiwan. At least nine people have been confirmed d£@d and more than 800 inj¥red on Wednesday, April 3, when an earthquake measuring 7.2 magnitude hit Taiwan.”

This video, though, is not related to the Taiwan earthquake. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the video is likely from 2021 and was taken in China, not Taiwan. A similar video posted on X in 2021 shows a different angle of the controlled demolition.

USA Today also published a video showing the same demolition from another angle in August 2021, with the title, “15 buildings in China get demolished simultaneously | USA TODAY.”

China demolished the 15 buildings nearly eight years after construction had stopped due to a lack of money, according to Vice News. Full Fact and AFP Fact Check also debunked this claim. (RELATED: Facebook Post Falsely Claims Navy JAG Has Started Garland’s Military Tribunal, Accuses Him Of ‘Treason’)

Elias Atienza

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