Seismologist cry over unavailable equipment to predict tremors

Seismologist cry over unavailable equipment to predict tremors

Senior seismologist at the Ghana Geological Survey Authority, Nicholas Opoku, has said the institution is not well-equipped.

He added that the GSA was not resourced enough to address the factors that contribute to tremors and earthquakes.

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, on the earth tremor that occurred on Saturday, March 4, he said the authority is not in the best position to accurately monitor earthquake prone areas to be able to predict future tremors and earthquakes.

Seismologist cry over unavailable equipment to predict tremors

Seismologist cry over unavailable equipment to predict tremors Source: UGC
Source: UGC

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“In terms of resources, we are under-resourced, but even though we are under-resourced we are doing our best, with what we have to be able to monitor events in the country. We are hoping that we get the necessary equipment to continue our monitoring work,” he said.

The Ghana Geological Survey Authority has also warned of more serious earth tremors if proper planning of the city is not made a priority.

People living around Gbawe, Sowutuom, Old Kasoa Barrier, New Bortianor, Awoshie, Abelemkpe, Tabora, Achimota, Ablekuma, Kisseiman, Westland, Laterbiokorshie, Legon and McCarthy Hill among others confirmed experiencing the tremor on Saturday.

The incident occurred barely a month after one was experienced in January 2019.

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There was another one in December 2018.

Nicholas Opoku also indicated that the tremor was about 40 times more powerful than what was experienced last December and January.

He also noted that the tremor that occurred had a magnitude of about 3.8.

“What we experienced on Saturday was a small earthquake of magnitude 3.8. The small earthquake on Saturday could not have brought down any structures, but we can’t be sure when a bigger one will hit,” he noted.

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