General News Sun, 18 May 2003

Earth Tremors Hit Accra

PARTS of Accra yesterday morning experienced an earth tremor with the magnitude of 3.8 on the Richter Scale.

The Dansoman, Weija, Ashalley Botwe, Madina, East Legon, Trade Fair and Sakumono suburbs of the metropolis and their adjoining areas were the places which experienced the tremor at about 6:54 a.m.

Mr Philip Oduro Amoako, the acting Director of the Geological Survey Department (GSD), who confirmed this in an interview, explained that the tremor was a normal occurrence.

He said the tremor was not a build-up to an earthquake and urged the people not to panic.

He explained that the entire coastal belt of Ghana is an earthquake prone zone and that the GSD has always advised people putting up buildings in these areas to adhere strictly to building regulations so that in case of any earthquake, its impact could be mitigated.

The last time an earth tremor hit Accra was in 1997 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.


Mr Amoako cautioned estate developers in the Dunkona, Fetteh, Nyanyano, Weija, McCarthy Hills and Shai Hills to be cautious in their building activities because these are the most prone areas.

He said the continued provocation of the ground may affect the structures being put up since these areas are heavily prone to earthquakes.

He said the worst experience ever recorded in the country was in 1936 at Axim which caused a lot of damage.

According to Mr Amoako, the country has experienced a series of tremors since then.

He advised crowds at indoor meetings not to panic and rush out during the occurrence of tremors or quakes since the stampede could lead to deaths or serious injuries.

Source: Graphic