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Video showing shaking house is from Alaska, not Haiti

August 16, 2021 GMT

CLAIM: Video from a camera inside a home shows the house shaking from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Saturday.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video being shared online shows an earthquake in Alaska, not Haiti.

THE FACTS: As images and videos emerged from Haiti following Saturday’s earthquake, social media users began misrepresenting a video from 2018 to suggest it showed the earthquake rumbling through a home in Haiti.

More than 1,297 people were reported dead in Haiti on Sunday following the earthquake that struck the southwestern part of the Island. In 2010, an earthquake of similar magnitude left more than 300,000 dead in the country.

Posts online Saturday shared the video showing the Alaskan earthquake, with wording that suggested it showed the power of the earthquake in Haiti. The posts sharing the video said to pray for Haiti.

The original video was shared to Twitter by James Easton on Nov. 30, 2018, when Alaska was hit with a 7.0-magnitude earthquake. At the time, The Associated Press reported that the earthquake left thousands without power and buckled roadways in some places.

Easton told the AP via email that the video showed his home in Alaska. Easton tweeted the video, saying that he was “just a little bit shaken” by the earthquake. The video showed the house violently shaking and the camera footage soon being cut off by the quake.

“It’s amusing to see the video pop up every so often, but the focus should really be on the actual damage in Haiti,” he said.

This is part of AP’s effort to address widely shared misinformation, including work with outside companies and organizations to add factual context to misleading content that is circulating online. Learn more about fact-checking at AP.