FACT CHECK: Is Video Of Building Collapsing From Morocco Earthquake?

September 18th, 2023
MOULAY BRAHIM, MOROCCO - SEPTEMBER 10: Emergency workers search beneath a heavily damaged house on September 10, 2023 in Moulay Brahim, 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 post shared on social media purportedly shows a video of a building collapsing in Morocco during a recent earthquake.


Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate.

Fact Check:

In the Aftermath of the Earthquake in Morocco, France’s offer for aid has not been accepted by the Moroccan government, Bloomberg reported. Assistance from Spain, UK, And the United Arab Emirates have been accepted.

The Twitter post claims to show video of an apartment building collapsing during a natural disaster. The video shows multiple other onlookers recording videos on smartphones as well.

A text overlay says, “Morocco earthquake damage 09/09/2023.” The caption reads, “Morocco earthquake.”

The caption is inaccurate. There is no credible news report that suggests that this video is of Morocco. Check Your Fact conducted research that revealed an inverted version of the same video was uploaded to TikTok in Feb. 2023. A video was also posted to YouTube on Feb. 12 2023 of the same building collapsing with a title that claimed the incident occurred in Turkey.


News outlets DHA reported on the building and shared a video of the incident in Feb 2023 before the recent earthquake in Morocco. (RELATED: Did Burning Man Address Cannibalism Rumors At Event?)

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a post that the NFL told Colin Kaepernick to sell hair products instead of playing football.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter