- Kaduna suffered another earthquake this year July
- Update: Governor El-Rufai sympathizes with affected residents
A series of earth tremors and loud sounds have been reported in a location in Kaduna State, northwestern Nigeria on Sunday.
The incident occurred in Kwoi, headquarters of Jaba local government area in the Southern Kaduna region of the State.
SaharaReporters has received several distressed calls from the town alleging earth tremors but it has not been officially confirmed by authorities.
One source speaking to SaharaReporters, Joshua Byang, said the the earth in the area shook six times starting at 10:32 a.m. on Sunday.
All efforts to reach Samuel Aruwan, spokesperson of Governor Nasir El-Rufai, for details have been unsuccessful.
As at the time of this report, there is anxiety in the town, which is close to Nok village which houses several artifacts associated with the famous Nok civilization.
Related: Earthquake in Kaduna This Year July – DailyTrust
Having manifested largely on a massive rock and affecting nearby houses, some witnesses described it as having been a thunderous noise which sounded like a bomb blast. It woke sleeping residents at about 10:43pm.
The tremor caused cracks on three different spots on the large rock, located at Hayin Magina of the area. Aside that, many houses were affected, with visible cracks on their walls and other areas.
Daily Trust observed that some houses in the area were deserted, as the occupants were said to have left out of fear. The remaining inhabitants, also, are visibly shaken and are still trembling from the experience.
Malam Mustapha Musa is a resident of Hayin Magina, whose carpentry workshop was closed in wake of the quake. … It’s nothing but a warning from Allah, the most high. …
Mustapha added: “Allah is tired with what is happening in Ikara. Apart from the rape of innocent boys, there are many criminal activities taking place here. Most of the perpetrators are known, but it is like they are above the law.”
Further checks revealed that efforts of clerics and residents ensured that the old town of Ikara, in Ikara local government area of Kaduna State, got rid of commercial sex workers. A major street in the town was formerly called ‘Unguwan Karuwai’, literally translated from Hausa as ‘Sex Workers Area’. The street, however, has been renamed Yaka Malam following the expulsion of the prostitutes, cross-dressers and others from the area.
After that, the town of Ikara has been calm and peaceful, producing many learned personalities.
But the recent tremors have provided a rude awakening of sorts. One of those whose houses were affected by the quake who simply identified himself as Sani described the incident as traumatic. He said the heavy sound that accompanied the quake was heard in all the neighbouring settlements. “Actually, I have never witnessed something like that. When the quake started, my entire house was shaking. I thought that the world had come to an end. It is indeed something that one has to keep reflecting on because it is only Allah that is capable of shaking the earth like that,” Sani said.
Sani added: “Another thing that made many of us to vacate our houses was that the quake reoccurred after about seven days. On the two occasions, the quake occurred in the night.”
Sarkin Ikara, Alhaji Aliyu Suleiman, confirmed to Daily Trust that state government officials had visited the site. On associating the quake to sins committed in Ikara, he agreed that Allah uses such incidents to serve as warning. He however said that both traditional and government leaders are taking measures to bring the criminal acts to an end Read more
Earth tremor Update: Kaduna Govt. sympathises with residents, appeals for calm
The Kaduna State Government on Sunday appealed for calm and sympathise with the residents of kwoi in Jaba Local Government Area, following report of earth tremor.
The government said in a statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, Special Assistant to the Govrrnor 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.
“The governor sympathises with the people in the Kwoi area over the reported earth tremor.
“He has directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to mobilise to the area and comfort the citizens.
“The National Geological Agency has also been notified, and has been invited to investigate the tremor in the Kwoi area and provide appropriate guidance.
“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. NAN reports that the incident, which occurred at about 1p.m, shook the community and created some panic among the people. –Vanguard