FACT CHECK: No, this is not a photo of a recent PH earthquake

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 26 2019 05:26 PM

A picture of a damaged road has been shared hundreds of times in a Facebook post which announces ‘breaking’ news of an earthquake that hit the Philippines this week. The image actually shows destruction from a separate 2012 quake in a different region of the country.

The photo, contained in this Facebook post which has been shared around 1,400 times since it was published April 23, 2019, shows people carrying their belongings along a road which has collapsed.

The post’s caption says: “BREAKING: A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Eastern Samar at 1:37PM MNL time.”

Below is a screenshot of the post:

Screenshot of Facebook post

An earthquake did hit the central Philippine island of Samar on April 23 at 1:37 pm local time.

The US Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.4 on its website, while Philippine seismologists reported it was a 6.5 strength quake.

That tremor struck a day after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit northwest of the capital Manila. 

However, a reverse image search using verification tool Tineye traced the photo in the post back to the website of international news agency Reuters.

The photo’s caption says it is from February 7, 2012, and shows a road damaged by an earthquake in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental in the central Philippines – around 250 kilometres (150 miles) from Eastern Samar.

Below is a screenshot of the Reuters photo:

Screenshot of image

The Reuters photo can also be seen in this February 8, 2012 article published by the International Business Times. It is the sixth image in the photo gallery.