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Earth tremor hits Kaduna; residents panic, El-Rufai calms nerves

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An earth tremor has reportedly hit Kaduna barely few days after researchers sounded warning of impending ‘damaging earthquake’ in the next four years

An earth tremor has reportedly hit the Kwoi Area in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The tremor hit barely few days after researchers from the Department of Geology, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, sounded warning of impending ‘damaging earthquake’ in the next four years.

The incident NAN reportedly occurred at about 1p.m on Sunday, shaking the community and creating some panic among the people.

The Kaduna state government, meanwhile, has appealed for calm and sympathise with the residents of the affected area, following report of the tremor.

The government confirmed this in a statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, special assistant to the governor on media and publicity.

Mr. Aruwan said that it has made a formal report to the appropriate authorities to investigate the development.

The statement noted that Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, has notified the geological and emergency agencies of the incident.

“The governor sympathises with the people in the Kwoi area over the reported earth tremor.

“He has directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to mobilise to the area and comfort the citizens.

“The national geological agency has also been notified, and has been invited to investigate the tremor in the kwoi area and provide appropriate guidance.

“The Kaduna State Government is receiving updates from the area and relevant government agencies have been directed to take steps to comfort the residents and to assuage their unease as they come to terms with an unusual event.

“The Kaduna State Government wishes to appeal for calm, and urges everyone not to spread unverified information, or create panic, “the statement said.

This is not the first occurrence or report of earthquake In Nigeria.

Previously, an earthquake had causes similar panic in Bayelsa and Rivers States.

Suspected earth tremor in parts of Bayelsa and Rivers States, had caused palpable apprehension among residents of the affected communities in the two oil-rich states. 

Residents of the areas noted that the tremor caused serious cracks on the walls of their buildings though no injury was reported. 

It was learnt that in some of the impacted communities such as Igbogene and Akenfa in Bayelsa as well as Akinima, Akie-Oniso (Oruama), One Man Country and Mbiama – neighbouring communities in Rivers, many people who experienced it were yet to recover from the trauma. 

There were heavy vibrations that lasted for some minutes during the incident which was said to have started at about 12 midnight.

Experts have warned that impending earthquake is looming in the South-South and some other states in Nigeria before 2020.

The Nigerian Association of Water-Well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP) has called on the Federal Government to take measures that could reduce the effects of earthquake as 6 states exist at the risk of possible earthquake.

AWDROP disclosed this at a press conference addressed by its National President, Mr. Michael Ale.

Mr. Ale lamented that lack of Underground Water Abstraction Regulation in Nigeria could easily induce earthquake and sea water intrusion.

He, therefore, raised alarm on “the need for government to ensure strict compliance in the implementation of code of practice in borehole drilling” in the country.

Ale said his Association had been informed of the salt water intrusion affecting underground water usage and subsidence along the land-ocean boundaries in shoreline areas.

Researchers from the Department of Geology, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, led by Dr Adepelumi Adekunle Abraham, had submitted in its report titled indicating an impending ‘damaging earthquake’ in the next four years.

 The report is titled ‘Preliminary Assessment of Earth Tremor Occurrence in Shaki Area, Shaki West Local Government, Oyo State.

The report listed Nigerian states at risk of experiencing massive earthquakes before 2020.

The areas flagged by the report with the possibility of experiencing earthquake disaster are:

1. Lagos

2. Port-Harcourt

3. Warri

4. Bayelsa

5. Cross River State

6. Oyo State

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