Abuja tremor: Minister submits report to Buhari
London, September 12, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development in Nigeria, Mr Bawa Bwari, has submitted a report on the recent earth tremor that threatened some areas in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reports submitted to the President included an investigative report prepared by the Nigeria Geological Survey Agency as well as steps taken by the ministry to forestall such occurrence in the future.
Presidency sources close to the development said that Bwari was scheduled to brief the President on the tremor but when it was obvious that the minister would not be able to speak with the President, he opted to submit the report.
Following the tremor, the minister had suspended the activities of quarry companies within the vicinity that the earth movement occurred.
Bwari had said, “Though l would not say the tremor experienced may have to do with excavations around the affected areas until investigations are completed, remembering that two years ago there was an incident like that in Kwoi, in Southern Kaduna, it is better to suspend all mining and blasting activities around affected areas until investigations by experts ascertain its cause.
“They have taken samples to aid their job and there was a need by the government to stop all excavations and mining activities to enable them to do a good job.”
In another development, the Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, Prof Seidu Mohammed, has said that the preliminary investigations by the agency on the tremors revealed that the incident was minor and below 3.0 magnitudes.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, Mohammed explained that the length of fault displacement of the tremor was computed as 0.56 kilometres, while the rupture or focal depth of the earthquake was estimated at between 10 kilometres and 15 kilometres.
He pointed out that although it was difficult to predict earth tremors and earthquakes, certain parameters could be put in place to monitor the activities of crustal movement within the fault lines of the country so as to understand the trend of such movements.
He said apart from the area being located along the epicentre, certain activities such as rock blasting and other earth moving activities along the fault lines could trigger movement in the earth that might lead to such incidents.