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Earth tremor hits Abuja: here are what you need to know

Residents of several parts of Abuja have been thrown into panic, following the occurrence of earth tremors.

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Accordiong to reliable sources, the tremors could be felt in Jabi, Gwarinpa, Utako, etc.

A resident of Mpape, Omada Ogwuche said that the vibration started for some days now. She said they had thought it was the usual breaking of rocks by big companies, but that it’s now clear that something is wrong. “I will be leaving the house with my people right now. It’s getting so terrible and I’m afraid . It appears like an earthquake is about to happen,” she said.

It was also confirmed by The Director-General of Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr. Joe Abah.

“I felt my house in Jabi, Abuja, vibrate around 9pm last night. It didn’t feel like an earth tremor.

“It was more like an explosion that pushed air, rattled the windows and shook chandeliers. Almost exactly like when the This Day Office in Utako was bombed some years ago,” he wrote on his Twitter page.

According to Twitter user, @bashiryusuf, the latest happened on Friday morning.

He wrote: “Another heavy tremor just occurred at 6.01am in Maitama, Abuja. Truth is, this seem like a warning for an earthquake.

“I think the authorities should do some scientific investigation or evacuate residents as a matter of precaution.”

However, Ikenna Okonkwo, who is a lecturer in the Department of Geology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has called for calm.

When Mercy Abang, a journalist, said: “Before today – residents in parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) experienced earth tremor – Mpape and parts of Maitama districts.

“It got to Wuye, Gwarinpa, Utako, Jabi and others this morning – shouldn’t Nigerians be told there’s an Earth Quake to expect? And what to do?”, Okonkwo replied: “Very unlikely. You could have a few more similar tremors though. But nothing major. There is need for official clarification to calm residents down though.”

Federal government issues warning alert!

The Federal Government, through the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has urged residents to take precautions, following a purported earth tremor, which occurred in some parts of the city on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The tremor reportedly occurred in Mpape and Maitama Districts of the FCT, Abuja. The incident occurred at about 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday night and 6:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. A resident of Mpape, who declined to be named, told Daily Sun, last night, that the tremor led to stampede in the area and that she had to take cover under her table while the vibration lasted.

She blamed it on alleged quarry activities and blasting of rocks in Mpape District.  She also said explosives are usually used during blasting of the rocks.

FEMA, in statement, said the tremor maybe a sign of seismic movement within the earth and said “it could also be caused by a sudden break along lines which result in sudden release of energy that makes the ground to shake.

The statement was signed by FEMA Director General of, Mr. Abbas Idriss.


SOURCE: The Bloomgist/Sun News/Daily Post

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