Panic in Abuja as FCT confirms earth tremor

FCT Minister Mohammed Bello has confirmed earth tremor in Abuja
FCT Minister Mohammed Bello has confirmed earth tremor in Abuja

FCT Emergency Management Agency has confirmed reports of earth tremor in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, following fears by residents over the last two days.

In tweets on Friday, residents reported experiencing the ‘shaking’ effects of tremor in their homes at dawn today.

The agency said it could have come from the movement of the earth or it could be by the blasting of rocks or mining in the area.

Some residents of Maitama and Utako said they felt the tremor. But there was no such report from Apo and other areas of the city.

The emergency agency said the residents of Mbappe also felt it.

In a statement titled “As A Result Of Earth Shakings Around Some Settlements in Abuja – FCT”, the FCT Emergency Management Agency urged residents not to panic.

The agency has urged residents to stay calm and hide under tables if inside the house or stay away from buildings if outdoor.

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Tremors are very rare in Nigeria. In 1984, a huge tremor was felt in the country, with many towns from Lagos, Ijebu-Ode, Ibadan reporting the experience.

Kaduna also recently reported earth tremor.

Seismologists said a small fault line from the Atlantic inwards exists, making Nigeria prone to tremors, but not earthquake.

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