Did the massive Turkey earthquake cause an atomic explosion at the Akkuyu nuclear power plant?!
Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Turkey Earthquake Caused Nuclear Plant Explosion!
People are sharing a video of a shocking explosion that allegedly happened at a nuclear power plant, after the massive Turkey earthquake.
☢️ Shocking Atomic explosion at a nuclear power plant in Turkey
Atomic explosion at a nuclear power plant in Turkey.
Due to the last earthquake produced in Turkey, the massive explosion of a nuclear power plant is reported. At the moment, more information about the event is unknown or if it has caused fatalities. But judging by the images, it is very possible that there were deaths and injuries in the areas near the explosion. We will keep reporting.
Truth : Turkey Earthquake Did Not Cause Nuclear Plant Explosion!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by a YouTube channel to generate money, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant Is Still Under Construction
Turkey does not have any operational nuclear power plants, and only one under construction – the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Büyükeceli, in the Mersin Province.
The first reactor is only scheduled to be completed later in 2023, but it may be delayed by sanctions placed on Rosatom – the Russian company building the nuclear power plant.
Fact #2 : Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant Was Undamaged By Earthquake
On Monday, February 6, 2023, a major magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck central Turkey and northwest Syria.
Fortunately, the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant was only hit by magnitude 3 tremors, and was not damaged.
Earth tremors of about magnitude 3 were felt here… but our specialists have not revealed any damage to building structures, cranes and equipment.
Nevertheless, we are carrying out extensive diagnostic measures to make sure that construction and installation operations can continue safely.
– Anastasia Zoteeva, Rosatom spokesperson
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concurred, stating that there was “no impact” from the earthquakes in Turkey, and the nuclear power plant under construction was “unaffected“.
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As of now, no impact from earthquakes on nuclear safety & security in Türkiye, its Nuclear Regulatory Authority told IAEA; no issues so far related to radiological safety & security of radioactive sources, & the country's under construction nuclear power plant is unaffected.
— IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency ⚛️ (@iaeaorg) February 6, 2023
Fact #3 : No Report Of Explosion In Mainstream Media
A nuclear power plant explosion would have been big news, and yet, there is no mention of such an explosion in any media outlet. Not CNN, not BBC, not even RT in Russia or CCTV in China.
That’s because this Turkey nuclear power plant explosion never happened. It’s a hoax. Fake news!
Fact #4 : Photo Was From Stock Photography Website
I traced the cover photo of the Turkey nuclear explosion to a stock photography website called Pixabay.
The YouTube video creator, Hide World, used the photo called “Nuclear Explosion Apocalypse” to trick you into believing that there was a nuclear power plant explosion in Turkey.
The image was created by by CristianIS, and posted to the Pixabay website on March 12, 2020.
Fact #5 : Video Showed 2020 Port of Beirut Explosion
The shocking explosion shown in the video created by Hide World was misappropriated from the 2020 Beirut explosion in Lebanon.
On 4 August 2020, a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the Port of Beirut exploded, killing at least 218 people and devastating the port and its surrounding areas.
The video that Hide World used was taken by a witness at a restaurant, and showed the second explosion at the Port of Beirut.
You can see the original video (here) posted by Al Arabiya English on 9 August 2020. If you compare that to the Hide World video (below), you can see that they are exactly the same.
Hide World used the Beirut port explosion from 2.5 years ago, to trick you into believing that it’s a video of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant explosion in Turkey.
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Fact #6 : This Is Another Example Of Fake YouTube Videos
This is just another example of fake videos created by YouTubers who want to generate more views to build up their channel, or to generate ad money.
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