5 Nigerian States At Risk Of Earthquakes, According To NASRDA
A couple of weeks ago, residents of Abuja reported experiencing earth tremors. As usual, there were calls for calm, and even a scheduled press conference that never happened. But it looks like we may have to intensify our efforts (prayers?) because the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) just released some pretty bad news. Nigeria is now prone to seismic hazards, which make earthquake occurrence a potential disaster for the country.
NASRDA has identified communities in four states and Abuja as locations where major earthquakes are likely to occur in the country. The director-general of NASRDA and chairman of the presidential committee on the Abuja tremor (no, we did not make this up), Prof. Seidu Mohammed, disclosed this on Thursday.
According to Prof. Mohammed, Mpape in Abuja, Kwoi in Kaduna state, Ijebu Ode in Ogun state, Shaki in Oyo state and Igbogene in Bayelsa state are likely to be epicentres of major earthquakes, if precautions are not taken.
Why? Apparently, the previously inactive earth faults system in Nigeria are gradually becoming active, making earthquakes likely in and around the country. A number of incidents in these locations, according to him, also point that those locations are primes for a big disaster.
According to an analysis of a 100 year-old research, Mpape in Abuja is a hotspot which is highly susceptible to earth tremor and other earth shakeups, and the high volume of water being taken out of over 110, 000 boreholes is worsening the situation.
The solution, the DG says, is a thorough study across the country to identify and monitor earthquake hotspots that may have been missed. He also reiterated the need for a satellite system to improve monitoring and predictive accuracy.
Anyone else nervous? No? Just us? Okay.
Courtesy of konbini.com