Parts of Ghana shaken by earth tremor

Parts of Ghana have been hit by an earth tremor.

This occurred a few minutes to 11:00 pm on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

citinewsroom.com understands that the tremor was recorded in parts of the Greater Accra, Central and Eastern Regions.

Some of the affected areas include Dansoman, Lapaz, Achimota, Tesano, Santa Maria, Gbawe, Weija, Madina, Kwabenya, Nsawam, Koforidua, Swedru among others.

Mawuli Zogbenu, a resident of Weija said he experienced the earth tremor three times.

“It started at exactly 10:48 pm. Initially, we thought because it was a rainy season, it was normal. But it happened again in a few seconds. And it happened the third time. As I speak with you a lot of families are out of their rooms trying to look for safety places,” he said in an interview.

Some Ghanaians in the affected areas also took to social media to announce their experiences:

 

What is an earth tremor

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.

Scientists say earth tremors can occur when the force exerted on the rock mass exceeds its strength.

Earth tremors recorded in Ghana 

Ghana experienced two earth tremors in 2019 and one in 2018.

These tremors were recorded mostly in Accra, the capital.

 

 

Some of the areas that experienced the tremors at the time included: Gbawe, Sowutuom, Old Kasoa Barrier, New Bortianor, Awoshie, Abelemkpe, Tabora, Achimota, Ablekuma, Kissiman, Westland, Laterbiokorshie, Legon and McCarthy Hill.

Some said they felt their buildings and rooms vigorously shake during the tremor which some report came with loud thunder.

Earthquakes in Ghana

Records indicate that in 1615, earthquakes occurred in Ghana with magnitude greater than 6.0 on the Richter Scale.

There are records that an earthquake in 1636 in Ghana caused havoc in several parts of Axim. Another one was also recorded in Accra in 1862.

The Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Prof. Alex Dodoo in an article published in the November 16, 2013 edition of the Spectator newspaper titled: “Can Ghana sustain health after a major natural disaster?” stated that: “In 1906, an earthquake destroyed several buildings in Ho and its environs but fatalities were few. The most serious earthquake recorded in Ghana was the June 1939 earthquake that destroyed most of James Town, Accra, killing nearly 150 people and causing massive economic loss.”

“Indeed, if this same earth tremor had occurred today, the loss of life would be catastrophic and the economic losses would be such that the earthquake could be charged with “causing financial loss to the state” if the earthquake were a person and not an act of God,” Prof. Dodoo wrote in the piece.

What to do during tremors/earthquakes 

National Geographic website gives some tips on what do during a tremor or an earthquake:

Protect yourself as quickly as possible. In many situations that means remembering three actions: drop, cover, and hold.

Drop: Get down on your hands and knees to protect yourself from being knocked over. That also puts you in an ideal position to crawl for shelter.

Cover: 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. If a table isn’t in sight, sidle up to one of your home’s interior walls away from tall objects and furniture that might topple. A common misconception in seeking cover is that doorways offer the best protection during an earthquake. But according to the Earthquake Country Alliance, this is only true if you are in an “old, unreinforced adobe house.” In modern homes, the rest of the house is just as strong.

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