Environment, Science and Technology Minister Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng has asked Ghanaians to trust in God following the recent earth tremor which occured on Sunday morning 9th December, 2018.
Reiterating the scientific position that earthquakes are not predictable, the minister urged citizens not to panic.
“We have to go on living our lives and trust God will protect us as he has done for years”, the minister told journalists Monday.
The GGSA noted, fault lines were active, “which means that an earthquake can occur at anytime”.
A tremor believed to have lasted up to 10 seconds have raised concerns about the country’s preparedness despite low investment in seismology.
Coincidentally, a Joy News report days before Sunday highlighted dangerous construction on cliffs at Weija in Accra.
Pictures: The looming Weija-Kasoa Ridge disaster
The report said the sedimentary nature of the rocks and persisting quarry activities exposed sprawling buildings to landslides.
Weija is actually an earthquake-prone area, giving one more reason for concern. The last time Weija residents experienced a tremor March 2018.
Prof. Frimpong Boateng noted one of the ways to prepare for any eventuality is to obey building codes. “There are ways to build these things and make them earthquake proof”, he said.
Photo: Ghana’s coastal belt is prone to earthquakes
Earthquakes don’t kill. It is buildings on the quaking areas that do.
That’s why a senior Seismologist Nicholas Opoku has called for structural integrity tests on buildings within the seismic prone areas which runs from Accra, Ho, Axim, Elmina and Cape Coast.
He said it can be determined from the buildings fitness test whether the buildings can match the levels of tremors and quakes recorded in Ghana.
That quake on June 22, 1939 caused 17 deaths and 133 injuries plus destruction of properties.