Parts of Accra yesterday at 11:28pm recorded an earth tremor which lasted for two seconds approximately. Residence of Weija, Gbawe, Dansoman, Santa Maria, Olebu, Adenta,Taifa, Spintex, Adabraka, Tesano, Korle Bu, kaneshie, McCarthy Hill. Some members of residence from the affected areas took to social media to share their experience of the earth tremor.
A lady from McCarthy Hill : ” Well….I’m in McCarthy Hill ☹️ The way I shouted Jesus’ name errr
I’m sure He heard me”
Another person from Spintex : “Spintex but I didn’t know it was a tremor tho Jst logged on Facebook and seeing loads of update abt it”
According to dictionary, earth tremor is an involuntary quivering movement.
“a disorder that causes tremors and muscle rigidity”
A slight earthquake .
History of Earth tremor in Ghana
In 1997 an earth tremor hit Accra was in when within three months, the national capital experienced three earth tremors. The first tremor which was experienced on January 8, measured 3.8 on the Richter Scale, the second on February 15, recorded 4.1 and the third on March 6 was 4.8 on the Richter Scale.
Sunday 18th May 2003 at about 6:54a.m, an earth tremor with the magnitude of 3.8 on the Richter Scale hit some parts of accra. Areas recorded were Dansoman, Weija, Ashalley Botwe, Madina, East Legon, Trade Fair and Sakumono suburbs.
On Thursday 23rd July 2014 an Earth Tremor was recorded in some parts of accra which caused panic among some residence of Botianor and Weija.
On Sunday 9th December 2018, an Earth Tremor was recorded at about 7:50 a.m at around Weija, Ablekuma, Kasowa. The tremor lasted a little longer which scare some residents.
On Sunday January 13, 2019 an earth tremor measuring 2.6 on the Richter scale hit parts of Accra as confirmed by the Ghana Geological Survey(GGSA).
The tremor was recored to have lasted about six seconds, occurred about 18 km away from the Achimota Station of the GGSA.
The worst experience ever recorded in the country was in 1936 at Axim which caused a lot of damage
In December 2018, the Geological Survey Authority says signs picked up show that the fault lines are active which means that an earthquake can occur at any time.
People living in earthquake-prone should take safer steps not endanger their lives.
Tips for safety precautions after a tremor include the following:
Be prepared for aftershocks, which may be stronger than the initial jolt.
Tend injuries immediately and summon emergency assistance if necessary.
Check for structural damage, but do not enter a building that shows damage or has visible cracks in the walls or foundation.
Wear shoes at all times to avoid stepping on broken glass.
Turn off gas, electricity, and water if damage is suspected or if advised to do so by authorities.
Be cautious opening cabinets, cupboards, and closets in case items may be poised to fall.
Keep phone lines clear for emergency use.
Be patient: It may take hours or days to restore all services depending on the severity of the quake.
Writer : Ali ice (XPLUSXGH.COM)