These are stock photos of dogs searching for quake victims in 2018

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Two images of a dog walking among debris have been shared multiple times on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter alongside a claim that it shows a dog trying to save its owner buried in ruins after an earthquake hit Izmir, Turkey. The claim is misleading; the photos were previously published on a stock photo website and show dogs searching for quake victims in 2018. 

The images were among five photos posted on Facebook here on October 31, 2020.

The first image is a photo montage of two dogs – one with a blue collar and the other with a black collar – among debris. The second image and third image shows the same dogs in the photo montage. The fourth image shows people standing among collapsed buildings and the fifth image shows people walking among the ruins. 

Screenshot of misleading post, taken on November 5, 2020

The Indonesian-language post translates to English partly says: “#PrayForTurkey

“During a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Izmir Turkey. Photo of a Dog Trying to Save its Master Buried Under the Rubble Becomes Viral.” 

A powerful 7.0-magnitude quake hit Turkey on October 30, 2020, killing at least 111 people. The resort city of Izmir saw the most severe damage, as AFP reported here

The same pictures were also shared on Facebook here, here, here and here; on Instagram here; on Twitter here and here, alongside a similar claim. 

Pictures of the dog with a similar claim in English can be seen here, here and here; and in Spanish here and here, where it has been shared tens of thousands of times. 

The claim, however, is misleading. 

The dog images

A Google reverse image and keyword searches found the dog images in the misleading post are stock photos that were taken in 2018. 

The picture of a dog with a blue collar was published on the website of stock photography agency Alamy here on October 18, 2018. 

The photo’s caption reads: “Dog looking for injured people in ruins after earthquake.”

Below is the screenshot comparison between the second photo in the misleading post (L) and Alamy’s photo (R):

Screenshot comparison between the second photo in the misleading post (L) and Alamy’s photo (R)

The picture of a dog wearing a black collar was also published on Alamy’s website here, with the same caption and same date. 

Below is the screenshot comparison between the third photo in the misleading post (L) and Alamy’s photo (R):

Screenshot comparison between the third photo in the misleading post (L) and Alamy’s photo (R) 

It is not clear where the photo was taken. The photographer did not respond to requests for confirmation from AFP. 

Images of people among the ruins

The fourth image of people standing among collapsed buildings was published on Getty Images’ website here on October 30, 2020. The photo is credited to Anadolu Agency, Turkey’s state-run news agency. 

The photo’s caption reads: “Citizens are seen on a ruin of destroyed building right after a magnitude 6.6 quake shaking Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020.”

Below is the screenshot comparison between the fourth photo in the misleading post (L) and Anadolu Agency’s photo (R):

Screenshot comparison between the fourth photo in the misleading post (L) and Anadolu Agency’s photo (R)

The fifth image of people walking among the ruins was also published by Getty Images on October 30, 2020. The photo is credited to Anadolu Agency.

The photo’s caption reads: “A view of a quake damaged site right after a magnitude 6.6 quake shaking Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 30, 2020.”

Below is the screenshot comparison between the fifth photo in the misleading post (L) and Anadolu Agency’s photo (R):

Screenshot comparison between the fifth photo in the misleading post (L) and Anadolu Agency’s photo (R)