Agency debunks reports of earth tremor in parts of FCT


The Nigeria Geological Survey Agency has called on the public to disregard reports in some quarters that there was an earth tremor in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

 Director-General of the agency, Dr Abdulrazaq Garba, made the clarification while speaking with newsmen Saturday in Abuja in reaction to a Friday report.

He said as a scientist, the author of such report should come forward with facts, if any, to enable the agency brainstorm with him and possibly agree or disagree with such claims.

“So far, from our records and equipment, there is no record of earth tremor within the FCT.

“Our belief is that the author of the publication, with all the information he has, should come forward to the agency as it is done in other countries.

“By doing this, we can compare notes and look at the data and then access and evaluate it and know if there was actually an earth tremor in those areas,” Garba said.

He added that while the author of the information said the tremor happened in Abaji and Gwagwalada areas of the FCT, the agency had no such report.

“We have a station in the University of Abuja in Gwagwalada, and the officer in charge who heads the University’s Physics Department has said there was no such record.

“We even question people around Abaji and Gwagwalada and there was no report of such, unlike before when we will receive calls from people when such things happened,” he said.

The director-general recalled that when there was a blast by some miners sometimes in the past within the FCT, the agency was inundated with calls from concerned individuals who wanted to know what was happening.


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