Multiple old and unrelated videos are doing the rounds in the name of the recent Taiwan earthquake.

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CLAIM 1

#TaiwanEarthquake: Taiwan shaken by earthquake, trains and electricity supply disrupted, tsunami on Japanese islands 

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 CLAIM 2 

This is horrifying. The chandeliers. I hope everyone is safe. #Japan, #Taiwan, #Tsunami 

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The moment a residential building collapses in Taiwan. It is reported that the number of victims has risen to 97. Four people have died. Most of the casualties occurred on the Dekalun trail; three people died there and 40 were injured. The earthquake in Taiwan was the most powerful in 25 years. Ostashko reports

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#BREAKING: Multiple buildings have collapsed after a pair of massive 7.5 earthquake strikes, triggering tsunami warnings. #Taiwan #earthquake #goddamn #landslide  

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Explanation

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan on Wednesday caused damage to dozens of structures, triggered tsunami warnings that reached Japan and the Philippines before being withdrawn, and left at least nine dead and over a thousand injured.

Numerous individuals, many of whom were in tunnels that went through the mountains that split the island in half from north to south, were thought to be safe but were inaccessible in areas cut off by large landslides caused by the earthquake. This news shocked everyone after social media users saw several videos of the disasters. 

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Multiple visuals with the hashtag Taiwan has been trending for the past two days. Few videos including the one of a train shaking due to heavy tremors, a massive chandelier in the room being shaken in the air, collapse of a red and yellow-colored residential building are viral. Some of these videos shared by social media users in X can be seen here, here, here, and here

What’s the Truth? 

We ran a reverse search using the keyframes of the viral videos to find out the truth behind the video and to check whether the video is recent or old, as well as whether it occurred in Taiwan or in some other country.

FactCheck – Claim 1

The viral video of a train shaking due to heavy earthquake tremors was claimed to be from the recent Taiwan earthquake, but when we ran a reverse search image, we found the same footage uploaded on the BBC YouTube channel on September 19, 2022, and it was reported that there was such an earthquake in Taiwan that the train started shaking like a toy.

Many media outlets, such as The Mint, News18, and India.com, reported about the 2022 Taiwan earthquake that made the train shake. 

FactCheck – Claim 2

In another shared viral video, we can see a chandelier swinging fastly due to an earthquake. This video is found posted on the Formosa TV News network on September 19, 2022. The description states, “the calmest employee gives you a thumbs up! Ignore the chandelier above and calmly evacuate the guests”. This viral video is also not a recent one; it is actually from 2022. Even Yahoo reported about the same incident.

FactCheck – Claim 3 

A huge red and yellow-coloured building collapse video is not from the Taiwan earthquake; it is actually from the 2023 earthquake in Turkey. A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake that slammed Turkey and Syria claimed over 2,600 lives as buildings crumbled and searchers looked for survivors hidden beneath the debris. It was reported by Times Now and NDTV on February 6, 2023.

 FactCheck – Claim 4

The video of multiple buildings collapsing one by one is one of the most viral videos during this recent Taiwan earthquake, and when we ran a reverse search image using the keyframes of the viral video, we found the same incident recorded from a different angle, and it was reported by the USA Today YouTube channel on August 31, 2021.

The description states, ‘15 buildings in China get demolished simultaneously’. According to media reports, in China, 15 tall buildings have stood unfinished for years, a problem since 2011. Builders changed, and problems piled up. Rain flooded the basements, risking neighbourhoods. The government stepped in, opting to demolish the structures. A drastic move to ensure safety. It is also reported by The Indian Express, VICE, and News 18

We deduce that all the viral videos related to the recent earthquake in Taiwan have been identified as old or irrelevant to the recent disaster. 

Conclusion 

The viral videos has been falsely shared and linked to the recent Taiwan earthquake. Two viral videos are from the 2022 Taiwan earthquake, and the other two are from different events unrelated to the recent Taiwan earthquake. 

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