THE Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) and National Emergency Response Agency (NEMA), on Thursday, confirmed the partial earth tremor which occurred at about 12.26 pm around the vicinity of Panama Street in Maitama District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
In a statement authorized by Dr Abdulrazaq Garba and Vincent Owan, respectively, on behalf of the agencies, a copy of which was made available to the Nigerian Tribune in Abuja, said the NGSA received a call at about 12.45pm 01/11/2018 on a report earth tremor from a location in Maitama District.
According to the statement, a technical team was immediately despatched to the location of the call for an on the spot assessment. After field evaluations, the NGSA determined that the intensity was about 3.0 on the Mercalli Intensity Scale, which means it was felt indoors and lasted less than one minute.
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“An internal response protocol was immediately activated, and relevant government agencies and stakeholders were informed. These include the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the FCT. These agencies responded promptly and arrived at the scene, which was reassuring to the residents of the locality.
“Further inspections revealed no structural damage because of the shake and hence NEMA was adequately briefed by the NGSA. The residents were consequently reassured that there was no cause for panic.
“The NGSA technical team are conducting further assessment exercises and will continue to update the public on any other developments,” the statement assured.
It will be recalled that the first earth tremor occurred in October in Mpape in which government suspended all blasting and drilling activities.
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