Abuja Tremor: Minister suspends mining, quarrying, borehole drilling in affected areas

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello, has directed the suspension of further quarrying and mining activities in the affected areas of Mpape, Gwarimpa and Garki districts where earth vibrations have been reported recently.
Residents were apprehensive over the sudden shake of the earth in the affected areas in Abuja.
The vibrations was first noticed by residents of Mpape and Maitama districts Wednesday evening and Thursday morning but by Friday morning, it extended to other areas such as Durumi and Jabi in the Nigerian capital.
“We first noticed it on Wednesday evening and it happened twice and also on Thursday morning. The house was checking and vibrating and you can hear a loud noise,” Daramfon Bassy who stays close to Banex Plaza off Euphrates street, Maitama, narrated.
“I felt it on my feet. I was sitting down and I felt the ground was moving in my feet. It was a matter of seconds then it stopped. It happened again twice this morning.
“I was afraid because this is very very new in Abuja.”
According to a statement by the FCTA Press Secretary, Cosmas Uzodinma the minister gave the order when he paid an on-the-spot visit to Mpape, the epicentre of reported incidents. The minister also halted drilling of boreholes in the affected areas “pending the outcome of investigations on the root causes of the incidents.”
Preliminary reports, he said, indicate that the activities of rock blasting from quarrying, mining activities, as well as proliferation of borehole drilling were likely causes of these tremors.

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