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.

House Summons Agency Over Earth Tremor In Jaba

earth tremor, cracked walls, kaduna tremorThe House of Representatives has summoned the Director General of the National Geological Survey Agency to provide a report on extent of the earth tremor that occurred recently at Jaba Local Government Area in Kaduna.

Sponsoring the motion, Honourable Sunday Marshal expressed concern over the property destroyed on September 11 and 12 and a likely re-occurrence of the incidence.

The House has directed the Federal Ministry of Environment to ascertain the level of destruction and reclaim all damaged areas.

The lawmakers have also called for an in depth investigation to be carried out to determine the causes in order to avoid a re-occurrence in the future.

On September 11, residents of Kwoi community in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State were thrown into panic and fear over what they described as an earth tremor.

A resident of the community told Channels Television’s correspondent on telephone that the underground vibration shook houses in the affected community to their foundations.

He said that residents have fled their homes for fear of being caught unawares by the disturbing occurrence.

After the incident, the Kaduna State government appealed to the people of the community to be calm.

The National Space Research and Development Agency has attributed the tremor in Jama Local Government Area of Kaduna State to passive sources.

In a press statement, a spokesman for the agency, Dr. Delix Ale, said the nature of the source would be determined in the course of investigation.

Dr. Ale added that a team of experts from the agency’s Centre for Geodesy and Geo-dynamics was collecting data, which would be used for further investigation.

In the statement, he confirmed that the tremor occurred in Kwoi, Nok, Sanbah and Chori, all in Jama Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The space agency further appealed to residents of the affected communities to remain calm, as they continue to study the situation.

 

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”.

Space Research Agency Links Kaduna Tremor To Passive Sources

earth tremor, cracked walls, kaduna tremorThe National Space Research and Development Agency has attributed the recent tremor in Jama Local Government Area of Kaduna State to passive sources.

In a press statement, a spokesman for the agency, Dr. Delix Ale, said the nature of the source would be determined in the course of investigation.

Dr. Ale added that a team of experts from the agency’s Centre for Geodesy and Geo-dynamics was collecting data, which would be used for further investigation.

In the statement, he confirmed that the tremor occurred in Kwoi, Nok, Sanbah and Chori, all in Jama Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The space agency further appealed to residents of the affected communities to remain calm, as they continue to study the situation.

He also promised that the agency would make detailed reports to the public as soon as investigations were completed.

The 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.

Many people were badly traumatised by the disaster and those who could not overcome the shock have fled from their homes to neighbouring 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.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has said it would investigate the earth tremor.

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.

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.