Abuja earth shaking: Research institute warns against danger of taking tremors for granted

Abuja earth shaking: Research institute warns against danger of taking tremors for granted

- Nigeria has been warned not to take any tremors in the country for granted

- The director general of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, Professor Danladi Matawal, made this warning

- He says the nation must watch out for what led to the tremors that occurred in some parts of Abuja recently

Professor Danladi Matawal, director general, Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NIBRRI), has warned the nation not to take any tremors for granted.

NAN reports that Matawal in a statement he signed on Monday, September 10, in Abuja said that there was need to search immediately where the recent tremors in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were being propagated from.

NAIJ.com gathers that he further advised the nation to design a set of actions to mitigate the tremors effect if it was man-made or artificial, whether from deep explosives or mining.

He said: “Are we constructing a tunnel in Abuja? Then the explosive waves must be attenuated and dumped at the source of the explosion. City residents also need to be warned and trained on responses to such an impending disturbance.

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“If natural, then we should prepare for evacuation because major earth tectonic activities are always preceded by pre-shocks and minor tremors due to the straining and splitting of pieces of plates near the epicentre.

“Volcanoes and earthquakes are calamities and Nigeria is not prepared for that and we must believe that with the calm already established, we can still claim our extinct innocence."

He said no scientist could disprove that the entire Nigeria was not extinct as there were no records of recent volcano or earthquake in recorded history in the country.

The director general, however, maintained that all it took to translate from “Extinct’’ to “Active’’ was one major seismic activity.

According to him, for the purposes of scientific and engineering technocrats, the nation must watch out for the reasons for the tremors.

“It is expected that by now, a set of experts and non-experts should be brainstorming somewhere in FCT over the matter. Experts and non-experts from ministry of defence, mines and solid minerals, police, science & tech, transport, NASDRA, NEMA, fire service, COREN, geological society among others.

“On Sunday, we had account of someone who lives in Mpape who said dogs, in particular, barked relentlessly. While we prayed fervently that this is not a natural phenomenon because of the extinct nature of our geomorphology.

“Nonetheless the first warning of seismic activity in active regions of the world is animal behaviour. Dogs will bark wildly, cats will run frantically, rats will run frenzy in the house; horses will break their enclosures, etc."

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According to him, people should watch out for signs and the solution of tremor if it is of high risk (rickter scale of 2.5 and above) is to run to open parks and fields with family and pets.

NAIJ.com previously reported that the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 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.

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