Kaduna Records Another Earth Tremor

Earth TremorA third earth tremor has occurred again at Kwoi community in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The incident is coming a week after a similar one cracked some walls in the same community.

The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Ezekiel Baba-Karik, who confirmed the fresh earth tremor to Channels Television in Kaduna, said the latest incident happened three times in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Although he stated that no life was lost from the earth tremor, Mr Baba-Karik disclosed that a team of geologists and geophysicists from NEMA are currently in the community to ascertain the real cause of the incident that has created panic among the residents.

He however, called on the residents to remain calm and go about their normal businesses.

Second Occurrence 

Previously, a second earth tremor occurred at Sambang Dagi community barely 24 hours after a similar incident was recorded at Kwoi village both in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna state, North West Nigeria.

An indigene of the area told Channels Television that the second vibration occurred very early in the morning on Monday, leaving residents scampering for safety.

There were also concerns that the earth tremor could destroy several artifacts that are located in Nok community.

The town of Nok is barely four kilometres from Kwoi where the local government secretariat of ‘Jaba’ is located, while Sambang Dagi is about 20km away from Nok.

First Tremor

After the first tremor Residents of Kwoi community in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State have been living in fear over what they described as an earth tremor which occurred on Saturday.

A resident of the community described to our correspondent on telephone how the underground vibration shakes 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.

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.

Second Earth Tremor Hits Kaduna, SEMA Says Incident Exaggerated

Earth TremorThere were reports on Monday that a fresh earth tremor has occurred at Sambang Dagi community barely 24 hours after a similar incident was recorded at Kwoi village both in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna state, North West Nigeria.

An indigene of the area told Channels Television’s correspondent that the second vibration occurred very early in the morning on Monday, leaving residents scampering for safety.

There were also concerns that the earth tremor could destroy several artifacts that are located in Nok community.

The town of Nok is barely four kilometres from Kwoi where the local government secretariat of ‘Jaba’ is located, while Sambang Dagi is about 20km away from Nok.

Exaggerated 

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency has said that no life or property was lost from the earth tremor that occurred at Kwoi community.

Speaking to our correspondent, the Executive Secretary of the agency, Mr Ezekiel Baba-Karik, also debunked report that similar incident occurred in Nok and Sambang Dagi villages on Monday.

Instead, he explained that the earth tremor occurred twice only in Kwoi community on Saturday and in the early hours of Monday morning.

While he explained that the incident was not as devastating as being exaggerated by the public, Mr Baba-Karik said that most residents fled from their homes due to fear.

He further explained that a team of geologists have been dispatched in the area to ascertain the cause of the earth tremor.

Speaking when rescue workers visited the affected areas, the caretaker chairman of Jaba Local government, Ben Kure, said that government would do everything possible to ensure that the people are protected.

Appropriate Guidance

After the first incident in Kwoi community, the Kaduna state government had also 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 directs 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.

An earth tremor, according to geologists, is the perceptible shaking of the surface of the earth, resulting from the sudden release of energy in the earth’s crust that creates seismic waves.

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