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Fact Check - Does This Video Show a Recent Earthquake in Haiti?

By Nyakerario Omari

This video shared as a tweet, claims to show the recent earthquake experienced in Haiti. Posted on August 14, 2021, it claims that this 7.2 magnitude earthquake has been the worst since 2018.


Over the past two weeks, Haiti experienced an earthquake that left more than 2,200 people dead. Even as relief operations are underway, the exercise is impeded by flooding, damage of access roads and gangs hijacking aid trucks and ambulances.

According to World Vision, so far, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti is considered the most disastrous. It left almost 3 million people affected, roughly 250,000 lives lost and 300,000 others injured. “The earthquake registered a magnitude of 7.0; that’s a high level of energy at the point of impact.” World Vision goes on to add, “because it occurred at 6.2 miles below the surface, a shallow depth, its powerful energy had a devastating effect at ground level.”


Late 2018, Alaska experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. This is where this video originated. Reverse image searches show that the same video was published on December 1, 2018. King5, an NBC-affiliate television network, attributes this video to James Easton. This earthquake was centered about 7 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska.

With the date, place and probable source of this video, Piga Firimbi further ran a key-word analysis. From ‘Anchorage 2018 earthquake James Easton’ results show that this video was first shared on Twitter on November 20, 2018 by James Easton.

#akearthquake #Earthquake .@Ch2KTUU just a little bit shaken this morning. pic.twitter.com/IdVpcqdVI1

— James Easton (@JamesEastonCFO) November 30, 2018


The tweet claiming that the video shows the recent earthquake in Haiti is FALSE.

This story was produced by Africa Uncensored in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.



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