- The government has ruled out possibility of earthquakes in Nigeria
- FEMA in a statement urged residents of the Federal Capital Territory to remain calm over reports of earth movements in various areas
- According to the agency, the earth movements could have been caused by stress in underground rocks due to blasting and mining activities in an area
The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has ruled out every possibility of an earthquake disaster in Nigeria following complaints of earth movement in the FCT.
The agency in a statement released on Thursday, September 6, said the earth shaking could be as a result of earth tremors; a sign of seismic movement within the earth which can be caused by sudden breaks along a fault line releasing energy that cause the shakings.
It also said that the movement could also have been caused by stress in underground rocks due to blasting and mining activities in an area.
The statement by the agency followed reports by residents of tremors in various areas including Maitama, Jabi, Utako, Gwarimpa and Mpape, among many others.
Residents in Jabi who spoke to NAIJ.com said they felt the tremors twice at night on Tuesday, September 4, and it has continued to happen since then.
One of the residents of Jabi area of Abuja Jerrywright Ukwu said: "The earth tremors happened again, it shook houses real hard like yesterday. Jokes apart, there is need to look into this by the authorities. The vibrations were really hard, I hope this is not a sign of earthquake."
According to Ukwu, the tremors have increased in frequency and effects since it began.
Another resident said, Edidiong said, the effect seems to be more prominent in Mpape area where she lives. She said her building was visibly shaking raising fears and concerns especially with the fact that she has a new baby in the house.
She also said that most residents of the area have started relocating for fear of a possible earthquake.
Also various residents, including the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, have also made known their experiences while calling on relevant agencies to move into action.
Someone staying at Life Camp also felt it.
Yusuf thinks its a warning sign and measures need to be taken.
According to Joe bah, it felt more like an explosion that pushed air.
Ejerenwa is hoping it is not an earthquake.
Also in a reaction to the incident, the chairman of the FCT Senate committee, Dino Melaye, said he experienced the same in his building in Maitama area of the FCT.
Melaye in a tweet described the tremors as scary. He also said he has informed the FCT minister and the permanent secretary of the earth movement as measures have been taken to address the problem.
However, FEMA has called for calm among residents. The agency said there is no need for residents of Nigeria's capital territory to panic over the tremors. According to FEMA, Nigeria is not located in an earthquake zone.
"The residents are to note that, there is nothing to panic as there is no likelihood of any earthquake disaster in Nigeria as we are not in an earthquake zone. Therefore, we are urging all residents to calm down and be rest assured that the abnormal situation will soon stop," FEMA said in the statement.
FEMA releasing safety tips ahead of more expected earth tremors urged residents to stay calm and not panic.
The agency said: "If you stay in a building, locate a safe room, drop down and take cover under desks or tables and hold on tight to it. You should stay away from windows and objects that may falls. If you area outdoor, find a clear spot away from buildings, tress and power-lines.
"If you are in the car, slow down and drive to a clear place, stay in the car until the shaking stops," FEMA said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that earth tremor rocked the Kwoi community in Jaba local government area of Kaduna state, forcing the residents to leave their home last year.
The incident was reportedly accompanied by a heavy vibration.
An earlier tremor had occurred on September 19 around 3am. Many of the residents too had commenced fleeing the community.
Following the incidents, schools in the city were closed down and students, who had just recommenced from the long vacation, were asked to return home.
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