HYDERABAD: On April 28, an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit Assam. Later, a social media post of a partially collapsed building went viral.

Netizens claim that the image is linked to the recent Assam earthquake. "Morning Today's A Major Earthquake Measuring 6.4 Richter Scale Hits Assam, Tremors Felt in North Bengal and Meghalaya," reads the caption.

The claim is false. This image is from 2015 quake in Nepal.


NewsMeter performed a reverse search and found a similar image in a 2015 article by THE GUARDIAN. The image was taken in April 2015 in Kathmandu at a time when Nepal was hit by the deadliest earthquake.

April 2015 Nepal earthquake (also known as the Gorkha earthquake) killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000. It occurred at 11:56 Nepal Standard Time on 25 April 2015, with a magnitude of 7.8Mw or 8.1Ms.

It is true that an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale hit Assam recently. But the viral image is not linked to it. The viral image has been available on the internet since 2015 thus indicating that it is old and unrelated to the recent Assam earthquake.

Claim Review :   Collapsed building in viral image relates to Assam
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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