Screengrab of a Facebook post claiming it shows a recent earthquake

An earthquake measuring six on the Richter scale struck eastern Nepal at 8:13 am on July 31with its epicenter at Mattimbirta of Sakela Rural Municipality-5 in Khotang district. There were no reports of human casualty from the earthquake, but it damaged houses and buildings.

Following the earthquake, Facebook users shared video clips, which they claimed showed damages and devastation after the July 31 earthquake.

“Today, an earthquake measuring 6 on the Richter scale hit [Nepal] with its epicenter in Khotang. It destroyed and damaged houses,” read a Facebook post by Dilip Rai, who called himself a journalist, with 10,000 followers. 

The three-minute and 11-second clip shows people running out of their homes in fear. They can also be heard shouting, “here, here.”

The Facebook post has garnered over 100,000 engagements (likes and comments). A Facebook page, Routine of Nuwakot Banda, which has 3,400 followers, also shared the video  along with claims that it showed the earthquake with its epicenter in Khotang [Screenshot]. 

But what is the truth behind the viral video? Nepal Check fact-checked the claims.

We analyzed this video using InVID, a browser extension tool. InVID converted the video clip into keyframes. We conducted a reverse image search of the keyframes. We found that the video clip was from an earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015. A user named “Disastrous Earthquakes” had posted the video on Dailymotion, a video-sharing website. The video showed the earthquake that occurred on May 12, 2015. 

On April 25, 2015, an earthquake of 7.8 on the Richter scale struck central Nepal, killing almost 9,000 people and destroying half a million homes, buildings, and other infrastructures. Two weeks later, on May 12, 2015, a 7.3-magnitude   earthquake struck eastern Nepal.

We found the video clip claiming to show the recent earthquake in Khotang was from the May 12, 2015 quake, which caused extensive damage in Rasuwa district, north of Kathmandu. The title of the video on Dailymotion reads: “Rasuwagadhi Massive Earthquake and Landslide Footage Live.” The video was published on the Dailymotion website seven years ago.

Hence, the Facebook posts along with the claim that video clips showed the earthquake in Khotang are false.

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