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Fact-Check Debunks Misinformation Following Philippines Earthquake

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Fact-Check Debunks Misinformation Following Philippines Earthquake

In a sequence of events that shook the global community, a potent 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Philippines on December 2, resulting in one fatality and several injuries. Interestingly, the aftermath of the quake saw social media platforms inundated with images and videos claiming to depict its devastating effects. Among these, a video showing water cascading out of a bathtub during intense tremors claimed to capture the recent Philippines earthquake's terror. However, a rigorous fact-check by India Today debunked this claim.

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Uncovering the Truth

The video in question was found to be over two years old, originating from Japan, and not the Philippines. The video depicted the fallout of a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that ravaged Chiba City, Japan, on February 13, 2021. This was ascertained through comprehensive reverse image searches and a Ukrainian news report dating back to February 15, 2021.

Tracing the Source

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Further investigations traced the video to a YouTube upload on February 16, 2021. Esteemed news outlets such as Weather.com and the BBC also reported the video around the same time, confirming it was from the Fukushima earthquake in Japan. Consequently, the claim that the video was from the recent earthquake in the Philippines was debunked as false.

Implications and Lessons

This instance underlines the pervasive issue of misinformation spreading in the wake of natural disasters. It serves as a reminder of the critical need for fact-checking and the importance of consuming news from reputable sources. As we navigate an era marked by the rapid dissemination of information, discernment remains our strongest tool in separating fact from fiction.

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