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Old Video Of Sports Centre Ceiling Collapsing in Taiwan, Falsely Being Linked To Earthquake in Philippines

Claiming to be from the recent Earthquake in the Philippines, a video has gone viral showing badminton players suddenly running away as the sports centre ceiling began to collapse.

Verified accounts on twitter, including Shadab Javed (“@JShadab1“) tweeted “Video of the damage caused by the #earthquake that has hit #Philippines #deprem #terremoto #sismo #gempa #temblor #earthquake #tsunami #lombok“. The tweet was made on Dec 2, 2023, which has received an about 81.3k views on X.

Several other accounts, including @karancryptos, upuknews (“@upuknews1“) made the same claim that The Philippines experienced an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6. Following the earthquake, a tsunami warning was released. The archive can be read from above.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

In actuality, this is an old video from Taiwan, where the incident took place in September 2022 following a magnitude 6.8 earthquake. It is unrelated to the recent earthquakes in Indonesia and the Philippines.

An article was published related to this incident on September 19, 2022 with the headline “Astonishing moment badminton players flee for their lives in Taiwan as sports centre ceiling collapses during 6.8 magnitude earthquake”. This gives a clear idea that the video is not at all related to the Earthquake in Philippines and Indonesia.

Check out the full video:

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Influencers are circulating old videos of earthquakes to create panic. The video was shared on social media recently by several users. According to the users, the video purporting to be from the recent Earthquake in the Philippines shows badminton players quickly fleeing as the sports centre ceiling began to collapse. After proper research, analysis and fact-checking, we discovered that the incident occurred in September 2022 in Taiwan, following a magnitude 6.8 earthquake, as seen in the old video. The recent earthquakes in the Philippines and Indonesia have nothing to do with it.

Conclusion:

Claim : Some have claimed to have shared a video from the recent Earthquake in the Philippines, showing badminton players suddenly fleeing as the sports centre ceiling began to collapse.

Fact : The truth is that this is an old video from Taiwan, where the incident occurred in September 2022, when Taiwan was hit by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake. It is unrelated to the recent earthquakes in the Philippines and Indonesia.

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