- Residents of Abuja have been urged by the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency to remain calm over reports of tremors in the city
- The DG of NGSA said Nigeria is not on the boundary of nations that could witness earthquake
- He also said Nigeria might experience low level earth tremors but not earthquakes as widely suggested
The Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) has urged residents of the Federal Capital Territory and its environs to remain calm over reported cases of earth tremors in the area.
Alex Nwegbu, the director general of NGSA on Friday, September 7, during a press briefing assured residents that there is no cause for alarm.
Punch reports that Nwegbu said that Nigeria is not on the boundary of nations that could witness earthquake. According to him, Nigeria might experience low level earth tremors but not earthquakes as widely suggested.
He said: “I will like to assure Nigerians that there is no cause for alarm. Nigeria is not on the boundary that can make us suffer an earthquake.
“Hence, we might just get low level earth tremors. For those at Mpape, as long as you’re not at risk from a building or home collapse, they are safe to return to their houses.
“When we got reports on the 5th, we dispersed our geoscientists to ascertain the cause. We checked for the intensity using certain parameters used in checking these things. We noticed no cracks on building walls and on the grounds, implying it’s an earth tremor of low intensity," Nwegbu said.
He said the scientists were still on the field to get more information and ascertain the origin of the earth tremor.
“Our people are still in the field so we are still getting more information to know the origin of the earth tremor and where it was triggered from.
“The Buhari administration has been helpful in enabling us to generate our Geoscience data. We are set to deploy our equipment in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. This will enable us to get firsthand info on when the tremors are set to occur in order to warn residents around," Nwegbu added.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that 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 shaking.
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.
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