Parts of Ghana were shaken by earth tremors Wednesday night which threw residents into fear and panic.
According to the USGS (United States Geological Survey), it recorded a magnitude of 4.0 with a 10.0-kilometre depth at 10: 53 pm and occurred at 6 km from Gbawe in Accra.
NetbuzzAfrica.com understands that the tremor was recorded in parts of the Greater Accra, Central and Eastern Regions.
It was felt at least four times in the space of 10 minutes and shook buildings, creating panic among residents who abandoned their homes.
Many residents took to social media to report that they felt the earth shaking on Wednesday night, June 24, 2020.
As monitored by Netbuzz Africa on social media, some of the areas the tremor was felt in Gh included Achimota, Lapaz, Nsawam, Gbawe, McCarthy Hill, Kaneshie, Tesano, Dansoman, Dunkanaa, Santa Maria, Adenta, Weija, Madina, Kwabenya, East Legon, Koforidua, Swedru, Dodowa, Tema among others.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Seismic Center, under the Ghana Geological Survey Authority (GGSA) is yet to state the reason for the tremor.
Earth tremor? This is the third one I’m experiencing tonight. 😌🙏
— Juliet Bawuah (@julietbawuah) June 24, 2020
Who experienced the earth tremor at 10:50pm.
Really shook our building like bad
— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) June 24, 2020
Please who is experiencing the earthquake in north Kaneshie
— Bernard Ampofo Amponsah (@B_bernard13) June 24, 2020
‼️Emergency SMS from the UN Dept for Safety and Security. Just in case.
— Jemila #ThriveWithDigital 💫🇬🇭 (@jabdulai) June 24, 2020
What is an earth tremor?
An earth tremor is a relatively small or short-lived movement of the earth’s surface caused by the same forces that produce earthquakes. Earth tremors are strong enough to be felt by people and may takes only seconds— typically about 10-30 seconds.
Meanwhile, an earthquake, on the other hand, will feel like a gentle bump followed several seconds later by a stronger rolling shaking that may feel like a sharp shaking for a little while.
Scientists say earth tremors can occur when the force exerted on the rock mass exceeds its strength.
Earth tremors recorded in Ghana
Ghana experienced two earth tremors in 2019 and one in 2018. These tremors were recorded mostly in Accra, the capital.