By our Reporter
There was great panic Monday morning as earth tremors hit parts of Accra, Ghana.
Whereas earth tremors and earthquakes are signs of seismic movement within the earth, the difference is the intensity of the movement. Earthquakes are more intense than tremors.
Following this incident, Daniel Boamah, Director-General of the Ghana Geological Survey Authority (GGSA) in a statement on Monday,said the earth tremor incidents happened around 11:43am, 11:53am, and 11:58am with different magnitudes.
In his view,incidents like these are difficult to predict. He then urged the public to remain calm as more information will be provided subsequently.
The statement said, “On Monday 12 December 2022, three (3) earth tremor events occurred in parts of the Greater Accra region.”
Boamah said the foreshock occurred at 11:49am with a magnitude of 2.1. The main event occurred at 11:53am with a magnitude of 3.5. The aftershock occurred at 11:58am with a magnitude of 1.8 on the Richter scale.
He explained that,“ The epicenter is located between Wiaboman and Bojo beach and is about 575m into the sea.
He added that, “The recorded magnitudes are indicative of the extent of the tremor. The magnitude of even the main shock is a minor tremor and so it is not expected to cause damage.
Additionally, he said, “The tremors were highly felt in areas like Dansoman, Mataheko, Weija, and slightly felt in areas like Legon, Amasaman and Accra Central which are far away from the epicentere.
He further stated that these are natural occurrences and, therefore, difficult to predict. However, education and sensitization of the public on awareness and response during such events are key. The public is therefore urged to remain calm and go about their normal businesses.”
Meanwhile, residents of Ghana have since taken to Twitter to express their concerns over the worrisome incident.