This photo shows quake-damaged road in Pakistan in 2019, not Afghanistan in 2022
A photo of a damaged road has been shared thousands of times in multiple Facebook posts that claim it shows the aftermath of a powerful earthquake that struck Afghanistan in June 2022. However, the claim is false; the photo actually shows a road damaged by a major earthquake in Pakistan-administered Kashmir in September 2019.
A photo showing people standing over a severely damaged road was posted on Facebook on June 23, 2022, where it has been shared more than 3,100 times.
"Over 1,000 martyred and more than 1,500 injured in a 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan," the post's Urdu-language caption reads.
"Shanty houses collapsed in the earthquake and cracks appeared in the ground. O Allah forgive our sins."
The photo was shared days after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan's remote eastern border region on June 21, 2022, killing at least 1,000 people and injuring 1,500 others, AFP reported.
The photo has been shared 480 times after appearing with a similar claim elsewhere on Facebook here, here, here and here.
However, the claim is false.
A reverse image search on Google found that the photo was published here by the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) in September 2019.
The photo's caption reads: "A view of damaged road caused after an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude with epicenter in Mirpur, Pakistani administered Kashmir, 24 September 2019. According to initial reports at least 6 persons were killed and dozens injured in the incident."
Below is a screenshot comparison of the image in the misleading post (left) with the EPA photo (right):
AFP reported at the time that a 5.2-magnitude earthquake in Pakistan-administered Kashmir had killed at least 38 people and left hundreds injured.
"After a night of heavy rain compounded the misery of survivors, hundreds gathered to attend the funerals of residents killed near Mirpur, about 130 kilometres (80 miles) southeast of the capital, Islamabad," the report reads in part.
AFP also published similar photos that show the damaged road in Mirpur here, here and here on September 25, 2019.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the image in the misleading post (left) and the AFP photo (right) with similar features marked by AFP: