Earthquake At U.S Theater Showing Anti-Islam Movie?

A picture has been circulating showing a collapsed building claimed to be a theater in the U.S. broken into two pieces just prior to showing the controversial anti-Islam film. Is there any truth to this story?

Anti-Islam movie earthquakeThe story and the photo are not real.

The photo has been circulating with the following text:

“…an earthquake hit the cinema of the abusing movie to Prophet Mohammed. The whole cinema is smashed.”

Various descriptions of the photo go into more detail, such as this one:

A picture of a cinema in America that was going to play the film of the Prophet Sep 18 at noon. An earthquake hit that area that caused the building into two pieces. The Americans are so shocked at the miracle that they didn’t allow full media coverage on the topic and that’s why you didn’t hear about it on the news today! The Prophet has risen to fight his battle!

Let’s take a look at the photo and the story to see if there is any truth to this account.

The photo
The photograph being circulated was actually taken from a news story in 2010 about an earthquake in Chile. The actual photo’s caption reads:

Residents look at a collapsed building in Concepcion, Chile, Saturday Feb. 27, 2010 after an 8.8-magnitude struck central Chile. The epicenter was 70 miles (115 kilometers) from Concepcion, Chile’s second-largest city.

It should be noted that most people in America did not know about the anti-Islam movie until the protest began in Libya and other countries. Neither was it shown in any American movie theater. Those who saw it online after the protests began, described it as an amateur, poorly made home video with unclear message.

The Earthquake

According to the US Geological Service, the most recent *significant* earthquake in the United States came on September 7, which was a small 3.4 magnitude tremor in Beverly Hills, California. No damage was reported from this quake. You can peruse all earthquakes here, and you’ll see that nothing in the U.S. on September 18 resembles the quake as represented in this story.

It should also be noted that as of this writing, no public screenings of the film are known.

Bottom Line
There is no evidence that this event ever occurred.

Note: This is a sensitive topic. Please try to be respectful of others’ opinions and beliefs.

  1. Mohammad Shahid Khan Reply

    This was a modern building collapsed after an earth quack in Chile back in 2010. The 2010 Chile earthquake occurred off the coast of central Chile on Saturday, 27 February 2010, at 03:34 local time (06:34 UTC), having a magnitude of 8.8 on the moment magnitude scale, with intense shaking lasting for about three minutes. It ranks as the sixth largest earthquake ever to be recorded by a seismograph. It was felt strongly in six Chilean regions (from Valparaíso in the north to Araucanía in the south), that together make up about 80 percent of the country’s population. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) the cities experiencing the strongest shaking—VIII (Destructive) on the Mercalli intensity scale (MM)—were Arauco and Coronel. According to Chile’s Seismological Service Concepción experienced the strongest shaking at MM IX (Violent). The earthquake was felt in the capital Santiago at MM VII (Very Strong) or MM VIII. Tremors were felt in many Argentine cities, including Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Mendoza and La Rioja. Tremors were felt as far north as the city of Ica in southern Peru (approx. 2400 km).

  2. Marieme Reply

    Nobody supposed to play with the prophet.please have respect.us muslims love our profet .whatever happen to that building was a lesson.Again please have repect for our prophet.I love my prophet MOuhamed salaalehou wassalam!

  3. SIRAJ MUHAMMAD FUNTUA Reply

    Salamun alaykum to all of you out there; Hope you all have a wonderful day. The producer of this cinema and the present post on the internet are not far away from each other. However, sooner than later he will be doomed with his entire cohorts insha Allah. He who insults any of the the Prophets of Allah will not be spared by any fundamental Muslim and by Allah, SWT,. This is just like the case of a fundamental scientist will always be a fundamentalist of his scientific findings and postulations.

    • Rasaq Reply

      The wrath of Allah swt is upon anyone that defame the personalty of any of His prophets. Sam Bacile (laa na tullah alei) and the co producers are doomed already including their generations unborn. They are the Abu Lahab and Abu Jahl of this petriod. What I personally would want Muslims World over to do is to stop the patronage of any product made in USA,FRANCE and other enemies. This fatwa should be passed by Saudi govt. if They are not BASTARDS.

  4. Saad Reply

    The story of the cinema is not the point of contention but the deplorable and abominable attitude and hate speech against Islam and its messenger is. I was astounded to read that after a trial was run by one of the characters of the film to put the video off you tube, as her life was threatened and she was cheated into the video, however the Californian higher courts ruled it out and dismissed the case. After such an act, how can obama as the President of US claim that his government as nothing to do with the video. Prophets and messengers dignitaries of all religions and civilizations are equally sacred, lets not forget this.the west has shown itself to uncivilized by seconding this act under the garb of freedom of speech. Was the topless pictures of the princess of UK an act of freedom of speech? What about anti antisemitism and Holocaust?

  5. Tariq Reply

    ASALAMALAYKUM, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ISLAM!!! I’M SURE THE PERSON WHO MADE THE FILM; MADE IT TO GET A REACTION OUT OF THE MUSLIMS,,,SO THAT WE MAY FIGHT AND ACT IN A NEGATIVE WAY AND THEY WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR ACTIONS AND CALL US TERRORIST BECAUSE INDEED THEY KNOW NOT OUR LOVE FOR THE PROPHET RASOOL-ALLAH (SALLALAHU-ALLAYHI-WA-SALAM)……..THE REAL QUESTION IS DO WE REALLY LOVE OUR PROPHET(SAW)? BECAUSE, OUR PROPHET (SAW) WAS A PEACEFUL PERSON AND A MAN OF PATIENCE………………..SO WHO ARE WE TO ACT WITH VIOLENCE?;WHEN ISLAM IS A RELIGON OF PEACE…

    • Tariq Reply

      SO LET YOUR RESPONSE BE OF PEACE AND NOT OF VIOLENCE AND INDEED WITH HARDSHIP COMES EASE…

  6. Yunusa na annabi Reply

    masha allah all muslim world. 4 d god say muhammad saw i lov n protect him at any whre. See earthquat at u.s aresult of showing black film. All we thank allah and more and more earthquat,fire,water flowshng and history of abrahata at tim muhammad saw allah to comment bird stone fire frm jahannamah.

  7. Yunusa bichi Reply

    allah protect muhammad s a w and all muslim in this world.

  8. eirbaahmed Reply

    I really appropriated your thoughts and your feeling towards Islam..i am Muslim too. and didnot like ,how they have made fun of our beloved prophet and they shouldn’t do tht .however , we have been thought that “not to lie at all” whether they r right or wrong ..by doing this kind of messages we are showing them that we Muslims are weak ..after i gt the message ,i told my 12 year son about it proudly..he got shocked .and started searching over net and had been asking to molana”s ..at that time , i had seen very much hope and love in his eyes and for God ..but as he confirmed ,that it was the fake story..he disappointed..and told me i wish our muslims are also powerful as them ..and it was the truth story ..so my mean to say fake story and msgs just spoiling our children faith ..please be realistic …

  9. mozammel Reply

    when i will heated that my all of the body hare stand >> who is doing this > really really really i heat them>>>>>> i hope that Allah give them more &more punishment in the world>>>>

  10. fouzia Reply

    we all the muslim shd take revenge from yahood.o.nasara in form of unity ,brotherhood,and following quran and sunnah of our most beloved prophet p.b.u.h…ALLAH s.w.t will not forgive them for this cheap and disgusting activity.these nonsense efforts cannot less our love but multiply it 4 islam and our HOLY PROPHET p.b.u.h.

  11. sarai Reply

    ASALAM ALAYKUM;MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ASLAM.WHY THEY MADE FUN OUR BELOVED PROPHET MOHAMMAD(S.A.W)? THEN ONCE WE FIGHT THEY USE TO CALL US TERORIST. LET THEM KNOW THAT WE WON’T STOP THIS TILL WE GET AN EQUALLY.

    SECOND THEY WROTE NAME OF ALLAH ONTO A NIKE SHOE SO WHAT THEY NEED US TO DO?
    LET ALL MUSLIMS WAKE UP AND PROTECT OUR BELOVED PROPHET MOHAMMAD(S.A.W

  12. bola Reply

    if the earthquake is true or not the jews or the christians are not meant to do stuffs that are going to provoke muslims and you people will start saying that muslims are terrorists and u continue to abuse islam it is not fair

  13. MAY ALLAH PURNISHED ALL THE PEOPLE DAT ARE INVOLVED IN D ACT INSHA ALLAH. Reply

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  14. Sanjana Reply

    Allah is the mightiest and the most gracious. It hardly matters for the Muslims whether anything like earthquake occurred in the US or not. We know ISLAM is the ultimate truth. But these culprits must be punished and HE’ll punish all these kaffirs. Inshallah all the kaffirs will be erased.it is my guarantee that wherever Islam and Quran-e-pak will be insulted atany place, it’ll face destruction. Aameen.

  15. Kulthum Masoud Haji Reply

    ASALLAM ALEIKUM ALL ISLAMIC MEMBERS.

    THOSE WHO DID THIS INNOCENT WILL PERISH. ALLAH WILL KNOW HOW TO PUT THEM IN HELL FOREVER. ALL I KNOW IS ISLAM IS THE BEST, THE WORDS IN QURAAN ARE PERFECT.

    • Kulthum Masoud Haji Reply

      ASALLAM ALEIKUM ALL ISLAMIC MEMBERS.

      THOSE WHO DID THIS INNOCENT WILL PERISH. ALLAH WILL KNOW HOW TO PUT THEM IN H ELL FOREVER. ALL I KNOW IS ISLAM IS THE BEST, THE WORDS IN QURAAN ARE PERFECT.

  16. himel Reply

    Take teach about this matter. Show respect to a respectful man. Say Prophet (S.)

    • samy Reply

      muslims will rule

  17. Anonymous Reply

    maza ayya pir karo gai harami

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    Lawantetaplawan

  20. Anonymous Reply

    Dont do again you mother fuckers

  21. Anonymous Reply

    Dont do again u mother fucker

  22. Anonymous Reply

    Americans r the most baddest nation in history!! Now u Americans now do u believe that Muslims r real religion???


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