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Fact Check: 2011 Video of Japan Tsunami Falsely Linked to Recent Earthquake in Turkey & Syria


An earthquake of 7.8 magnitudes hit Turkey and Syria on February 6, 2023, at 04:17 am local time (0117 GMT), causing widespread destruction and killing hundreds of people.

Soon after the news broke, visuals claiming to be of disaster caused by the recent earthquake started doing the rounds on social media. In the above context, a video of water flooding into a city is being shared online, claiming that it shows Tsunami hitting the Turkey-Syria coastline following the earthquake.

The Facebook post reads: Tsunami hits Turkey-Syria coastline

Here’s the link to the above post (archive).


NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found it to be false.

Running the keyframes of the video through the Reverse Image Search, we identified a YouTube video carrying similar visuals uploaded in 2014, with a title: “Japan Tsunami 2011.

We also found a report by RT, a Russian state-affiliated media channel, dated March 2016, with a title: “Fukushima as it happened: 10 scariest videos from the Japanese disaster that shook the world.” According to the report, a massive earthquake hit Japan on March 11, 2011, leading to a disastrous tsunami that left 18,000 people dead or missing.The viral video was also uploaded by RT on their YouTube channel on March 13, 2011. The video can be seen on the YouTube channel of Associated Press dated March 14, 2011.

The description of the video uploaded on March 14, 2011, reads: Dramatic new pictures have emerged of a tsunami wave smashing into the Japanese town of Miyako on Friday. The wave crashes over the seawall carrying away everything in its path, including cars and boats. (March 13).

NewsMobile debunked the same video in 2021, when it was shared as floods in China.

Hence, it is clear that the recent viral video is not from Turkey-Syria Coastline, but Japan.

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