|Audio Attachment:Listen to the Deputy Director of the Geological Survey Department (GSD), Dr. Kwasi Adu, on why residents at Kasoa and surrounding towns should relocate to avoid the impending disaster of an earth-quake.|
The Deputy Director of the Geological Survey Department (GSD), Dr. Kwasi Adu, has advised residents of Kasoa and its surrounding towns in the Central Region to as a matter of emergency, relocate due to the possibility of an earthquake.
“I will advise that all those who reside there should relocate,” he stated.
According to him, Kasoa Nyanyano was the merging point of all the earthquake lines in the country as such it would be very dangerous to stay in such an environment.
In Ghana, there is the probability of an earthquake rocking the southern parts, especially along the coast. But the capacity of Ghana to contain an earthquake, even of a lesser magnitude (earth-tremor), than that which occurred in Haiti, is in doubt.
Speaking to PEACEFM News in an interview after reports of an earth-tremor hit the town of Gomoa Nyanyano in the Central Region, Dr. Kwasi Adu said the quake lines along the Akuapem Ridge passing through the Coast all merged at Kasoa.
“I will not advise any of my family members to either buy a land or reside at Kasoa...I even refused to buy a land at the place after I was shown a piece of land,” he said
He told PeaceFm that an earthquake could not be predicted as such it was advisable to stay off earthquake prone areas.
Monday's earth-tremor was described by some inhabitants of the township as very frightening, but others said it was a usual occurrence they experience periodically.
Narrating the incident to PEACEFM News, a resident who gave his name as Ackah Anthony said he lives in a four storey-building at Nyanyano Kakraba and felt the tremor at around 1am Monday.
“I heard the building shaking and everything rattling in my sleep, but my neighbours living those downstairs told me they never experienced it,” he added.
According to Dr. Kwasi Adu, they received the news early Monday morning and the department sent out men to verify the extent of the tremor.
Following the earthquake hoax that hit the entire nation some months ago, the government approved the released of $3 million for the purchase of a seismograph, the device used to measure and record earth tremors.
The sleep of many Ghanaians was cut short as news of an imminent earthquake spread across the country on January 18 this year like wild-fire.
With the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti fresh on the minds of Ghanaians, hundreds of thousands of people rushed out into the open to avoid being injured by collapsing buildings and structures from the anticipated earthquake.
But it was later realized to be a hoax as the news could not be authenticated.
Just recently an earthquake has hit Chile and about 2 million people have been affected taking away the lives of hundreds of people.
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