Earth tremor: “Accra earthquake prone” – Retired seismologist

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A retired seismologist formerly of the Ghana Geological Survey Authority, Dr. John Agyei Duodu, says Accra, the capital city of Ghana, is prone to earthquakes and that we could suffer one in the future.

This statement comes after Accra and its environs recorded earth tremors three conservative times Wednesday night.

Speaking on Atinka FM’s AM Drive, Dr. John Agyei Duodu noted that his checks at the Ghana Geological Survey Authority revealed that the first tremor which is the “foreshock”, had a magnitude  of 3.7, then the “mainshock” which was the second one had a magnitude of 4.2 and then the third one was 3.5, all on the Richter Scale.

According to Dr. John Agyei Duodu, Accra is sitting on an earthquake and should be prepared for more.

Dr. John Agyei Duodu argued that the intensities of the earth tremors could have been avoided if government had equipped and involved the Ghana Geological Survey Authority in the partition of lands for developmental and construction purposes.

He added that government should have resourced Ghana Geological Survey Authority to team up with other agencies to demarcate areas where the magnitude of earth quakes and tremors will be less felt when the need be.

“Residents in Accra should be informed that the capital is sitting on earthquakes and its sad people are not paying attention. The earthquakes occurred in a lot of places but some people felt it more than others. Earthquakes are measured using a machine called a seismometer which produces a seismograph. A Richter scale is normally numbered 1-10, though there is no upper limit. An earthquake measuring magnitude 5 is ten times more powerful than an earthquake measuring 4,” he explained.



Ghana | | Vivian Adu Boatemaa