FEMA Calls For Calm As Tremor Rocks Abuja

The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has asked residents of Abuja not to panic over the tremors witnessed in the past days.

In a statement on Friday, the agency said it had received distress calls that there were shakings around Mpape and parts of the Maitama district.

It said the shakings could be as a result of stress in underground rocks and may be due to rock blasting and mining activities in an area.

It, however, stated that Nigeria is not an earthquake zone and is, therefore, not likely to witness an earthquake disaster.

“The residents are to note that, there is nothing to panic as there is no likelihood of any earthquake disaster in Nigeria as we are not in an earthquake zone.

“Therefore, we are urging all residents to calm down and be rest assured that the abnormal situation will soon stop,” FEMA said.

The agency also offered some safety measures.

It said, “If you stay in a building, locate a safe room, drop down and take cover under desks or tables and hold on tight to it. Stay away from windows and objects that may fall.

“If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees and powerlines. If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place, stay in the car until the shaking stops”.

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