This video shows an earthquake that struck Indonesia in 2009, not in 2021
A video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook and TikTok alongside a claim that it shows a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck eastern Indonesia on December 14, 2021 — causing panic but no deaths or major damage. The claim is false; the clip has circulated online since 2009 in reports about an earthquake hitting Indonesia's West Sumatra province.
The 20-second video was shared here on December 14, 2021, on TikTok.
It has been viewed more than 287,000 times.
It shows people panicking on the street as a nearby structure collapses.
The Indonesian text overlaid on the video reads as: "7.5 [magnitude] earthquake in NTT".
NTT refers to East Nusa Tenggara, a province in the eastern part of Indonesia.
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit East Nusa Tenggara province on December 14, 2021, causing panic but no deaths or major damage, AFP reported.
However, the claim is false.
A reverse image search on Yandex followed by keyword search found this longer video posted on YouTube on October 9, 2009.
The Indonesian-language title translates as: “Amateur Video During the 2009 Padang West Sumatra Earthquake”.
A 7.6-magnitude hit Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra province, on September 30, 2009, killing at least 1,100 people, the BBC reported here.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the clip in the misleading posts (L) and the 2009 video on YouTube (R):
This video report, posted by Padang-based news outlet Harian Haluan on its YouTube channel on September 29, 2019, includes a short clip of the 2009 earthquake.
The video is titled: “WEST SUMATERA EARTHQUAKE 2009 | 10 Years of the West Sumatra Disaster, September 30, 2009”.
An identical scene can be seen at the video's 18-second mark.