Residents of Accra share their stories and expectations after weekend of earth tremors

Residents of Accra share their stories and expectations after weekend of earth tremors

As residents of brood over the occurrence of an earth tremor, they have been warned that since the city is located on geological fault lines, occurrences such as earthquakes and earth tremors are to be expected.

An earth tremor was recorded in some parts of the capital, Accra, over the weekend in the beginning of March, 2019.

Places such as Gbawe, Sowutuom, Old Kasoa Barrier, New Bortianor, Awoshie, Abelemkpe, Haatso and McCarthy Hill saw residents reporting the tremor around 9 in the evening of March 2, 2019.

Others at Dansoman, Oyarifa, Mambrobi, Korle Gonno and surrounding environs all reported of the disturbance. The land mass reported to have been hit would constitute about half of what we call Greater Accra.

Social media was rife with people expressing all sorts of emotions from fear to, strangely enough, excitement.

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Actress and film producer Ama K Abebrese took to Twitter to say: "I experienced my first ever earth tremor [at] Achimota last night. It was pretty scary."

Some were very emphatic on how the tremor made them feel with one particular Twitter user describing the experience as "heart dredging".

Others were more expectant of the government with on social media user calling for "earthquake proof buildings".

There were no casualties although few people reported of destroyed properties.

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But the fears of hundreds of thousands of Accra residents are not being allayed by geological experts who say that the positioning of the city lends itself to such natural occurrences.

It could also be recalled that a similar incident was said to have occurred at Weija and Gbawe in the latter part of 2018.

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