No Need To Panic Over Tremors – Geologist

earth tremor, cracked walls, kaduna tremorThe federal government must as a matter of urgency commit enough funds to creating seismic stations across the country for the effective monitoring of natural occurrences to provide avenues for proactive approaches to managing natural disasters.

The President, Nigerian Mining and Geo-Sciences Society, Prof. Gbenga Okunlola, gave this hint in an interview with Channels Television at the Department of Geology, University of Ibadan.

Prof. Okunlola said that presently there is no need for Nigerians to panic as the country is in a safe zone and not prone to earth quakes.

He added that the tremors that have been reported in Saki, Oyo State and Kwoi in Kaduna state are local tremors of about 2.3 on the Richter scale and could have resulted from mining activities in those areas or change in weather.

He explained further that the tremors are caused by vibrations within micro fractions possibly from mining activities which gets heated up and expanded in high temperature but trembles when persistent rainfall percolates such openings.

Prof. Okunlola added that Nigeria has enough geologists and related scientists that government could leverage on to protect the environment decisively at all times.

Similarly, the National Space Research and Development Agency had in September, attributed the recent tremor in Jama Local Government Area of Kaduna State to passive sources.

There were three reports of earth tremor at Kwoi community in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

After the first incident in Kwoi community, the Kaduna state government had appealed to the people of the community to be calm but the occurrence of the second earth tremor occurred at Sambang Dagi community barely 24 hours after both in Jaba left residents terrified.

The second vibration occurred very early in the morning, leaving residents scampering for safety while the third worsened fears around the communities.

Authorities have, however, consistently appealed to the residents to remain calm.

The Kaduna state government directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to mobilise its officials to the area to monitor the situation and assist the people in case of any emergency.

The Nigerian Senate also swiftly promised that it would investigate the earth tremor.

Geodesy Centre Confirms Kaduna Incident was Earthquake 

earthquAKE, earth tremorWhat was described as tremor that shook Kwoi in Jabba Local Government Area of Kaduna State has now been confirmed to be an earthquake.

Speaking to Channels Television at the end of an investigation of the incident, the Head of Seismology Division at the Centre for Geodesy and Geodynamics located in Toro Bauchi State, explained that the quake was 2.6 in magnitude.

According to Dr. Ofonime Akpan, the centre was able to accurately record the size, location as well as the time of the two incidents.

“When we got there, we got the data, analysed the data and then confirmed that it was actually an earthquake – 2.6. That was why it was just within the locality of Kwoi, except maybe up to about four to five kilometres around Kwoi.

“We tried to assure them (residents) that they should not panic. ‘This is a natural occurrence, so you don’t have to panic’.

“We saw some cracks on buildings and in some places the ceilings fell down but for us those were minor,” he said.

He went on to explain that earthquakes occur as a result of the buildup of pressure over time and “when one happens, there is what we call ‘strength drop’ which means the likelihood of it reoccurring in that place is low”.

Kwoi Tremor: Residents Fear More Danger After ‘Cracked Walls’

earth tremor, cracked walls, kaduna tremor, Kwoi TremorThe earth tremor that occurred at Kwoi, the headquarters Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna state has continued to cause more fear among residents.

The tremor struck twice on Sunday and in the early hours of Monday, September 12, 2016.

Many people were badly traumatized by the disaster and those who could not overcome the shock have fled from their homes to neighboring communities due to fear.

Although no life or property was lost, they say it will be a long time before they would recover from the shock.

Few buildings were also affected by the incident and owners of such buildings now live in fear because of the structural damage done.

Impacts on the buildings ranged from a few cracks to walls collapsing. Luckily all buildings were still habitable but apprehension remained everywhere.

77-year-old Dauda Malando, whose house was affected, said that they have never witnessed such a strange incident since he was born.

Remain Calm

Pending when the cause of the earth tremor is known, the paramount ruler of the community, Danladi Maude, has allayed fear that the absence of a secondary health facility in the community could be a major challenge in case of any emergency situation.

The Deputy Governor of Kaduna state, Bala Bantex, has also been to the community to commiserate with the people.

He said that the state government was in close contact with environmental experts to identify the cause of the earth tremor and how it could be averted.

He appealed to the people to remain calm.

Kwoi is an agrarian community in the southern part of Kaduna state. It is surrounded by undulating hills and mountains. The community is popularly known for ginger production and carving of artifacts.

Being a local government headquarters, a satellite detention facility of the Nigeria Prison Service is located there.

Senate To Investigate

Earlier in the year, the Nigeria Geographical Information Service (NGIS) had warned of possible earthquakes across the country particularly in the south west region due to indiscriminate drilling of boreholes.

The Nigerian Senate has now said that it will investigate the earth tremor in Kaduna.

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, gave the assurance while addressing reporters at his residence in Ilorin on Tuesday where he was to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir.

He said that the legislative chamber would invite relevant agencies to enlighten Nigerians on their preparedness in case of higher occurrence of the tremor.

Appropriate Guidance

Prior to this, the Kaduna state government had also after the first incident in Kwoi community, appealed to the people of the community to be calm.

In a statement issued on Sunday by spokesman to the state governor, Samuel Aruwan, the government said that a formal report has been made to the appropriate authorities to investigate the development and issue appropriate guidance.

The statement also directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to mobilise its officials to the area and to monitor the situation and assist the people in case of any emergency.