THE Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has assured the residents of Abuja that they have nothing to fear over the earth shaking experienced at Mpape and Maitama districts of the nation’s capital.
There was panic in both areas on Wednesday when residents experienced some vibrations in the earth.
But the FCT Emergency Management Agency, in a statement , said the “possible cause” of the earth shaking “might be as a result of earth tremor”.
The agency said the shaking was due to in underground rocks resulting from human activities including blasting and mining of rocks.
While it noted that the situation was “abnormal”, it said there is no cause for alarm “as we are not in earthquake zone”.
“We have been inundated with distress calls in our watch room as a result of earth shaking happening around Mpape and part of Maitama district of the Federal Capital Territory,” the statement read.
“Whilst appreciating the callsi from the public, the FCT emergency management agency (FEMA) wish to make the following statements;
“That the possible cause of the earth shaking might be as a result of earth tremor.
“That it is a sign of seismic movement within the earth. This is caused by sudden break along a fault line which results in sudden release of energy that makes the ground to shake.
“It is caused by stress in underground rocks and may be due to rock blasting and mining activities in an area.
“The residents are to note that there is nothing to panic s there is no likelihood of any earthquake disaster in Nigeria as we are not in earthquake zone.
“Therefore, we are urging all residents to calm down and be rest assured that the abnormal situation will soon stop.
The agency further gave out safety tips to be observed during such occurrences to avoid a disaster.
“Calm and do not panic. If you stay in a building, locate a safe room, drop down and take cover under desk or table and hold tight on it. You should stay away from windows and objects that may fall.
“If you are outdoors, find a clean spot away from buildings, trees and power lines. If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clean place, stay in the car until the shaking stops.”