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Review of facts. Does the video show the collapse of a building after the Marrakech earthquake?

The strong earthquake that shook Morocco at the beginning of the month caused thousands of deaths, injuries and significant material damage. The images of the moment of commotion and the destruction that followed, especially in Marrakech, spread throughout the world and several videos, mixed with false information, circulated on social networks.

In this post that appeared on Facebook, the user shares a video with a three-story building collapsing, referring to it as “the moment when a building collapses due to the powerful earthquake that shook Morocco.”

But this collapse, although it occurred in Morocco, was not a consequence of the earthquake earlier this month. The images refer to a building in the city of Casablanca that collapsed in December 2022. As reported by Morocco World News at the time, the building collapse occurred in the Hay Mohammadi neighborhood, east of the city. At that time, authorities reported no injuries.

The Marrakech area was affected by an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale on the night of September 8. So far, and while work continues to remove debris from buildings in the city and surrounding areas, there have been around 3,000 deaths and more than 5,000 injuries. The number of missing people is unknown.


The image of a collapsing building in Morocco has no relation to the early September earthquake in the country. These are images already broadcast in December of last year by the Moroccan media of the collapse of a building in the city of Casablanca, also in Morocco. The destruction from the intensely felt earthquake in Marrakech last week was immense, but this specific moment has no relation to this catastrophe.

Thus, according to the Observer classification system, this content is:


In the Facebook classification system this content is:

FAKE: Claims about the main content are factually inaccurate. Generally, this option corresponds to “false” or “mostly false” ratings on fact-checking websites.

NOTE: This content was curated by Observador as part of a fact-checking partnership with Facebook.

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Source: Observadora

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