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Fear Grips Ghanaians As Earth Tremor Hits Parts Of Accra

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Information available to YEN.com.gh suggests that an earth tremor has been recorded in parts of Accra, the capital of Ghana. Per a Citinewsroom report, the affected areas were Gbawe, Sowutuom, Old Kasoa Barrier, New Bortianor, Awoshie, Abelemkpe, Tabora, Achimota, Ablekuma, Kissiman, Westland, Laterbiokorshie, Legon and McCarthy Hill. The tremor, which reportedly occurred on Saturday, March 2, 2019, scared a number of Ghanaians, and they expressed their fears.

Kwodwo allegedly said, “As for me, I can’t sleep again. Very serious bro; Achimota, Lapaz and East Legon are not within the earth prone range, but this time, we felt it paaa…”


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Tony, at Mallam, added: “I haven’t felt anything like it before. It was scary.” Leah, who lives at Weija also revealed that “I felt it paaa…Am even on the 2nd floor of my apartment but I felt the vibration paaa, Wooow…” Ghana has recorded a significant number of tremors in the past, and the effects of such incidents have varied. One such incident occurred in Accra on Sunday, December 9, 2018, around Weija and Gbawe in the Ga South Municipality.

A similar shake was also recorded in Accra on January 13, 2019. The Ghana Geological Survey Authority (GGSA) said the earth tremor measured 2.6 on the Richter Scale and occurred in parts of Accra at 5:01 p.m.

The tremor, which lasted for about six seconds, occurred about 18 km away from the Achimota Station of the GGSA, according to the reading on the seismometer there, which also showed that the epicentre of the tremor was around Weija.


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A senior official of the GGSA, Nicholas Opoku, in an interview, said there were adequate signals that an earthquake was imminent and added that there was a need for preparation to avoid surprises. Reports indicate that the worst tremor experienced in Ghana was in 1936, at Axim in the Western region and it caused a lot of damage.