The recent earth tremors in parts of Nigeria should be seriously investigated to understand their real cause, a senior official with the Code and Standards Committee of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical and Electronics Engineers (NIMechE) has said.
Earth tremors rocked parts of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, earlier this month, causing panic among local residents.
The city’s Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had attributed the cause of tremors to seismic movement within the earth, and urged the public to remain calm, because the “likelihood of any earthquake in the country was low as Nigeria was not in an earthquake zone”.
FEMA also said that rock blasting and mining activities in an area could resulted in the tremors.
The movements should not be dismissed as just earth tremors without researching deeply into it, Seun Faluyi, NIMechE’s chairman said in Lagos, the country’s economic hub on Friday.
“Everybody believes that Nigeria is not on earthquake-prone zone, and as such the earth movements happening round the country, especially in Abuja, had been dismissed as just earth tremor,” he said.
“But Abuja is not the only area where either legal or illegal mining is ongoing in the country,” he added.
Faluyi told his audience that this was time to research into and see how natural occurrences were changing the nation’s landscape in order to prepare for future worst disaster.
In 1984, a huge tremor was felt in the country, with many towns from southwest cities of Lagos, Ijebu-Ode and Ibadan reporting the experience.
Kaduna also recently reported earth tremor.
Seismologists said a small fault line from the Atlantic inwards existed, making Nigeria prone to tremors, but not earthquake.
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