Residents of Kwoi community in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State have been forced to flee en masse after another earth tremor rocked the community on Tuesday.
Schools were also shut down and students, who had just resumed from the long vacation, were asked to return home, after the incident, which occurred around 9am and was accompanied by a heavy vibration.
Speaking on the incident to The Punch, a resident of the community, Ayuba Nok, described the Tuesday incident as louder than the earlier ones.
He said, “Today’s tremor was very loud. It was louder than the previous ones. Some schools were forced to close. They sent their students back home.
“Mallam Maude School, LEA Central Primary School and Sabzuro Primary School were some of the schools which were forced to close as a result of the sound of the tremor. They were afraid that something worse might happen.
“The heavy vibration of the tremor happened around 9 am today. It also occurred on Monday around 3am. The sound of Monday’s tremor was not as loud and devastating as the one of this morning.
“The Chairman, Mr. Ben Kure, is saying that people should be calm and stay where they are. But, the people are already frightened and they are in shock.
“When the incident happened again today, many of us who were thinking otherwise before decided to leave the town, especially the women and children. This is because we don’t know probably the whole town may sink when another one happens. And the government is not doing anything for now to evacuate people.”
Also speaking on the incident, the Head of Geography Department, Kaduna State University, Dr. Idowu Abbas, called on the federal government to intervene through a possible evacuation as the constant incident of earth tremor in Kwoi town might lead to a major earthquake someday.
He said, “It is unfortunate that the tremor happened but it is not unusual. This is because it can happen anywhere and at any time as long as there is movement underneath the earth surface. It can happen anywhere, it is just unfortunate that it happened in Kwoi.
“The tremor could be a signal of a bigger incident in Kwoi. And it still depends on what happens within the earth surface. I think the Nigerian Space, Research and Development Agency is already looking into that. Honestly speaking earth tremor is a small earth quake, the major earth quake can come.”