Written by Austine ELEMUE

Abuja earth tremor: Panel blames indiscriminate borehole drilling

The Presidential Panel on Earth Tremor in Abuja has blamed indiscriminate sinking of boreholes as a result of the quakes that shook parts of Abuja earlier this month.

Residents of Jabbi, Gwarinpa and Mpape districts experienced the violent vibrations between September 5 and 7.

The committee which was headed by the Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Seidu Mohammed, turned in its report on Friday.

While the committee said quarry activities were not responsible for the earth tremor, it however noted that some spots and locations could be considered earthquake prone.

The committee said the indiscriminate sinking of boreholes is a major problem in the territory.

The committee, while submitting its report to the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, recommended that the government strictly regulate hydrological activities in Abuja.

The committee attributed the recent quake to the multiple drilling of boreholes and the daily extraction of 330,000 metric tonnes of water from the earth.

The quake, they said, would still continue if the government does not find a lasting solution to earth drilling.

The committee predicted the possibility of more tremors in the country unless the sinking of boreholes was controlled.

Relying on the results obtained, using the probability of recurrence theory, the committee warned that the probability of recurrence in the near future remained “fairly high in Nigeria”.

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Mohammed, said about 110,000 boreholes sunk in Abuja produce 330,000 metric tonnes of water daily.



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