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Panic as multiple earth tremours rock Nigeria, govt. urges calm

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Several earth tremours recorded in three locations in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria had left residents in a state of panic.

Tremours that occurred on Sunday and early hours of Monday at Kwoi, Nok and Samban Dagi also left scores of structures with mild cracks.

Mr Ishaya DanAzumi, a Geologist from the State’s Ministry of Environment, while explaining to newsmen at one of the sites described the incident, “as deep seated fault in the earth crust trying to regenerate itself.”

Dan-Azumi said “contrary to wide spread speculation that the incident was an earthquake, there was no evidence supporting that claim, but it was just earth tremour.”

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In a remark, Mr Ben Kure, the Interim Chairman of the LG, urged the
people not to panic as earlier suggested by experts that had since moved into action.

Mr Stephen Musa who resides in Kwoi said the loud sound coupled with the shake devastated his entire community.

“We had no option other than call on the Almighty God for protection,” he said.

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There was, however, no loss of life in all the locations.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government had appealed for calm and sympathise with the residents of kwoi, Nok and Samban Dagi in Jaba Local Government Area, following report of earth tremour.

The government said in a statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, that it has made a formal report to the appropriate authorities to investigate the development.

The statement noted that Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, has notified the geological and emergency agencies of the incident.

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“He has directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to mobilise to the area and comfort the citizens.

“The Kaduna 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.

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

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