Did Western countries collude to strike Turkey with an earthquake, and evacuated their embassies and ambassadors before it happened?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Western Ambassadors Evacuated Before Turkey Earthquake!
Conspiracy theorists are claiming that Western countries colluded to strike Turkey with an earthquake, and evacuated their embassies and ambassadors before it happened!
Even David “Avocado” Wolfe got in on this conspiracy theory :
List of countries that pulled their ambassadors out of Turkey 24 hours before the earthquake.
Nothing suspicious here
-Black Conspiracy Reality
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No Evidence Western Ambassadors Evacuated Before Turkey Earthquake!
This is just FAKE NEWS created by conspiracy theorists to capitalise on the massive earthquake that devastated Turkey and Syria on February 6, 2023.
Fact #1 : No Evidence Western Ambassadors Evacuated Before Earthquake
While conspiracy theorists confidently rattle off the list of eight countries, they did not actually provide any evidence that those countries evacuated their ambassadors.
There is no evidence, whether from credible media reports, or even social media posts, that any ambassador fled Turkey just before the earthquake hit.
Fact #2 : Six Of The Embassies Refuted The Claim
Reuters reached out to all eight embassies in Turkey about these claims that they were evacuated before the earthquake, and six responded.
Representatives of the embassies of Canada, Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherland, and France, told Reuters by email that the allegations are false. The US and Belgian embassies in Turkey have yet to respond.
Fact #3 : Western Ambassadors Seen In Turkey After Earthquake
Several Western ambassadors were seen in photos taken soon after the massive earthquake hit Turkey (here, here, here, here, here, and here).
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Fact #4 : Embassies Temporarily Closed Over Terror Threats
The viral claims are sometimes linked to an article by Arab News, which point to the closure of Western embassies three days before the earthquake hit Turkey and Syria.
However, anyone who bothered to read the article would realise that those countries temporarily closed their embassies or issued travel warnings, following a series of far-right protests in Europe, which included several incidents of burning copies of the Quran.
That decision to temporarily close the embassies came right after Turkish police arrested 15 Daesh suspects who were accused of targeting consulates and non-Muslim houses of worship.
The closure of the embassies had nothing to do with the earthquake that came three days later. There is also no evidence that any ambassador or embassy employee was evacuated from Turkey over these security threats.
I should also point out that the US embassy in Turkey did not close over these perceived terror threats.
Fact #5 : Directed Energy Weapons Did Not Cause Earthquake
There is no evidence that Western countries used Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) to cause the earthquake on February 6, 2023.
Directed Energy Weapons is a “catch-all” term referring to weapons that use energy, instead of projectiles, like laser, microwave, particle beams, and sound beams.
While it sounds impressive, directed energy weapons are nowhere near powerful enough to cause earthquakes. Their power also decreases exponentially with range, so they can only be used at relatively close ranges.
Fact #6 : Only Turkey + Iran Claim To Have Directed Energy Weapons
Quite a number of countries are developing directed energy weapons, including China, the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
However, only Turkey and Iran claim to have actually deployed such weapons, with Turkey claiming the first use of directed energy weapons in combat, when it used its ALKA directed-energy weapon to shoot down a Wing Loong II UAV in Libya in August 2019.
The ALKA directed energy weapon has a peak power output of 50 kW, and is designed to destroy drones using its laser at up to 500 m distance, and electromagnetic systems at up to 1 km distance.
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Fact #7 : There Were Over 2,100 Aftershocks
The claim that there were “hardly any other aftershocks” is nonsense. A total of 2,109 aftershocks were recorded from 6 to 12 February. By 20 February, over 6,000 aftershocks were recorded.
On top of that, over 320 of those aftershocks had a magnitude of 4.0, with 25 of them recorded within six hours of the main tremor.
Fact #8 : Turkey Is Not Trying To Leave NATO
The claim that Turkey is trying to leave NATO is nonsense.
On January 23, 2023, a Turkish politician called Ethem Sancak said that Turkey might leave NATO in 5-6 months over provocative actions by other NATO members.
However, two days later, a spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, Omer Celik, refuted the claim:
We face such things in every election (calls for ending Turkey’s membership of NATO). These are not the things that we will worry about. Those who call for terminating Turkey’s membership of NATO do not talk sense.
This is out of the question. We are one of the founding countries of NATO. They have no right to say such things. What they say would be a luxury for NATO.
I should point out that leaving NATO would automatically open the door for Finland and Sweden to be accepted as a member state, as Turkey is the only country objecting to their ascension.
That is one of the many reasons why Turkey won’t be leaving NATO quite so soon, even if they are thinking about it – Turkey would lose its veto leverage over Finland and Sweden.
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Fact #9 : Gas + Oil Pipelines Shut Down After Earthquake
The claim that gas and oil pipelines were shut down 15-20 minutes before the earthquake struck is false. Oil and gas pipelines were shut down after the earthquake, not before.
If they were shut down before the earthquake, that would imply that the Turkish government was in cahoots with the dastardly Western governments using directed energy weapons to punish them for wanting to leave NATO which would deprive Turkey of its ability to blackmail Finland and Sweden.
Can you now see how idiotic such a conspiracy theory sounds, when you lay out the trail of nonsense in the open?
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