Kaduna hit by another earth tremor


Barely two weeks after an earth tremor occurred in Sabandagi community in Kaduna State, another incident occurred on Monday in Kwoi, Jaba Local Government Area.

The tremor in Kwoi was the second after an earlier one on September 11.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency, over 300 houses where affected by the September 11 tremor.

A resident of Kwoi, Sule Philip, narrated how Monday’s tremor occurred in the early hours.

Mr. Philip said though he was not in the community when it happened, his siblings were affected.

“I rushed down to Kwoi to see for myself and check on the safety of my people. Many people are relocating, leaving the town.” Mr. Philip said.

According to Mr. Philip, some schools are still shut in the community for fear of a re-occurrence.

The Kaduna State Government has since called for calm in the communities.

According to Samuel Aruwan, spokesperson to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, “The National Geological Agency has been notified, and has been invited to investigate the tremor in the Kwoi area and provide appropriate guidance.

“The Kaduna State Government wishes to appeal for calm, and urges everyone not to spread unverified information, or create panic.”

Mr. Aruwan told PREMIUM TIMES that the state government is receiving updates from the area and relevant government agencies have been directed to take steps to comfort the residents and to assuage their unease as they come to terms with an unusual event.

Despite the government’s comforting statements, some residents of Kwoi still live in fear.

“We are all in intense fear now. Nobody knows when it will happen again,” Bitrus Gaya, a resident, said. “We thank Governor El-Rufai for sending professionals to check on the situation and even remain within the community.”

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