Accra experiences a 2.8-magnitude earth tremor


Residents of some parts of Accra were jolted awake in the early hours of the morning by a 2.8-magnitude earth tremor that occurred around 9:49 a.m.

The Ghana Geological Survey Authority (GGSA) confirmed the occurrence of the tremor, which had a magnitude of 2.8, in a press release.  The GGSA also stated that the epicentre of the tremor was located in Accra Central, specifically High Street, Ridge, and other areas.

“The epicentre is located 1.5km offshore near Jamestown in the Greater Accra Region,” said GGSA Acting Director-General Isaac Kuuwan Mwinbelle in a release.

“The recorded magnitude is indicative of the extent of the tremor,” he explained. “Because the earth tremor is minor, it is not expected to cause damage,” he added.

Such occurrences, according to authorities, are natural and “difficult to predict.”

The authority also stated that there was no cause for concern because the tremor was not strong enough to cause significant damage to buildings or infrastructure. However, they advised residents to remain calm, signalling there is no cause for alarm as it told people to go about “their normal activities”.

“The Authority is committed to continuously monitoring these events and informing the public appropriately to ensure public safety and minimise risk.

“Education and sensitisation of the public on awareness and response during earth tremors is important and is currently being undertaken by the Authority,” it said.

Attached is the statement from the GGSA

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