March 19, 2019
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Earth tremor: Nigerian government installs seismometers in Abuja

The Federal Government on Tuesday, commissioned no fewer than four seismometers in four strategic areas in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with a view to curbing future earth tremor.

Abubakar Bwari, Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, who did the commissioning of Earthquake monitoring command and control centre initiated by the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), noted it was very paramount to establish the centre in order to forestall future occurrence of earth tremor in the country.

“Following repeated tremors around Abuja, the initial programme of national deployment was adjusted to accommodate seismographic densification of Abuja. A 4-station Abuja network has therefore been put in place to have a closer and more effective oversight of the FCT, ” he said.

The minister disclosed that the 4-station triangular network is located at Nasarawa State University, Keffi; University of Abuja, Gwagwalada; Veritas University, Bwari and NGSA command and control centre in Utako, Abuja.

Corroborating the minister, NGSA Director-General, Alex Nwegbu, explained that the equipment will be installed in all six geo-political zones in the country.

He said, “This is a first step, we intend to have in phases installations of seismometer in other parts of the country, but because of the frequency we are now experiencing on earth tremors in Abuja, we decided to slightly alter the architecture.

“We all aware that Abuja is the seat of power, very sensitive, so we need to actually establish a robust monitoring mechanism in Abuja here.”

Nwegbu added that “We are all aware that when the earth tremor occurred in September and November, these equipment was not yet installed, so it was difficult to establish the precise magnitude and epicenter of the earth tremor.

“But now we have the facility to actually understand the exact mechanism of earthquake and also improve our predictive capacity in NGSA.Nigerians should expect a more robust safety infrastructure that would enable us sleep with our two eyes closed.”

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