FACT CHECK: X Video Does Not Show Worshippers During Morocco Earthquake

September 14th, 2023
OUIRGANE, MOROCCO - SEPTEMBER 10: People walk past a partially collapsed building on September 10, 2023 in Ouirgane, Morocco. An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit central Morocco. Although the epicenter was in a sparsely populated area of the High Atlas Mountains, the effects have been felt 71km away in Marrakesh, a major tourist destination, where many buildings have collapsed and over 2,000 deaths have been reported. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

A video shared on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter, purports to show worshippers assembled in prayer during the recent earthquake in Marrakesh, Morocco.


Verdict: Misleading

The video was originally published to X in February 2023.

Fact Check:

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Marrakesh, Morocco on Friday, according to Reuters. At least 2,900 people have died as a result of the natural disaster, CBS News reported.

“The most terrifying moment during the Morocco earthquake. Witness the composure of the worshippers at the time of the earthquake. There is no god but Allah,” the X video, viewed over 2,000 times, purports. In the video, a large group of worshippers can be seen while assembled in prayer.

The video is not linked to the recent earthquake in Marrakesh, Morocco, however. Check Your Fact found an iteration of the video that was published to X in February 2023, making it predate the natural disaster that just impacted Morocco. Likewise, the video was also published by the Turkish media outlet Yeni Safak in February 2023. The video shared via the Turkish media outlet’s website includes the hashtag “Syria.”

Both sources indicate the video was shot at a mosque in Idlib, which is a city in Syria.


In addition, Check Your Fact did not find any credible news reports about the recent earthquake in Morocco that featured the X video.

Syria and Turkey were struck with two earthquakes back in February, according to Reuters. The first earthquake struck the two countries on Feb. 6, while the second, measuring 6.3 magnitude, struck the two countries on Feb. 20, the outlet indicated. (RELATED: Video Predates Recent Morocco Earthquake)

Check Your Fact has contacted the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter