What 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”.
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, 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.
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.
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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.
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.