6 things to do to stay safe when an earth tremor/earthquake occurs

6 things to do to stay safe when an earth tremor/earthquake occurs

- Parts of Ghana experienced triple earth tremors on 24 June when an earthquake struck

- The magnitude of the earthquake measured 4.2 on the Richter scale

- YEN.com.gh offers 6 tips for staying safe during an earthquake

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On 24 June, parts of Ghana, especially the Greater Accra and Central regions, experienced what the experts say was a “small earthquake”.

According to experts in Ghana, the earthquake had a magnitude of 4.2.

Ghanaians in areas such as Gbawe, Mallam, McCarthy Hill, Dansoman, Kasoa, Sowutuom, and Lapaz Nii Boi experienced triple tremors from this particular earthquake.

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Meanwhile, Nicholas Opoku, a senior seismologist has advised Ghanaians to expect more tremors this year.

He told TV3 that the expected earth tremors will not lead to earthquakes.

YEN.com.gh has tips on what to do during tremors/earthquakes. According to the National Geographic website, there are three basic actions to take during a tremor or earthquake - drop, cover, and hold.

1. Stay calm.

2. Go down and use your hands and knees to protect yourself from being knocked over.

3. Place an arm and hand over your head and neck to shield them from debris. Head for any nearby tables to shelter under until the shaking stops.

4. Stay put until the shaking stops. If you are under a shelter like a table, keep hold of it with one hand. If you are out in the open, continue to shield your head and neck with your arms.

5. Also, try and stay away from windows and outside doors.

6. Do not stand near or against a building.

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An earth tremor is a relatively small or short-lived movement of the earth’s surface caused by the same forces that produce earthquakes. Earth tremors are strong enough to be felt by people.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that in 2019, the Ghana Geological Survey Authority warned that some parts of the country could soon experience an earthquake.

This follows episodes of tremors that hit some communities in the capital, Accra.

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Source: Yen Ghana

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