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Earthquake looms as 2nd tremor in two months felt today at Kasoa Area

Residents of Kasoa are reporting of a tremor which happened at around 5:01 PM today.

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This would be the second time in two months that tremors have been felt in the Kasoa-Accra areas and seismologists have been warning of an impending earth quake as the Weija-Kasoa-Gbawe communities are situated on a fault line.

The last tremor was felt back in December 2018 at various parts of Accra.

History of earthquakes and tremors in Ghana

A similar incident occurred in March 2018 with residents experiencing the tremor as many as threThe Geological Survey Authority (GGSA) said it had picked information about the expected tremor days earlier because it realized that faulty lines in the affected areas were active.

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Weija and Gbawe have long been known as earthquake-prone areas in the country.

A senior seismologist at the GGSA earlier this year told the Daily Graphic that there could be an earthquake in the country which was likely to be more severe than what was experienced in Accra in 1862 and 1939.

The fast-sprawling town of Kasoa in the Central Region and Gbawe in the Greater Accra Region share spoils with regards to the number of quakes.

The most recent, with a 5.9 magnitude and a 33-kilometre depth, occurred at 3 p.m. on September 26, 2007, 11 years ago, 385.2 kilometres from Takoradi, while 21 years ago at 3:16 p.m. on March 6, 1997, another one measuring 4.4 in magnitude and with a depth of 10 kilometres occurred 6.2 kilometres from Gbawe.

Gbawe was in the news again 28 years ago with two earthquake experiences.

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The first, measuring 3.1 in magnitude and 10 kilometres in depth, occurred at 11:43 a.m. on April 14, 1990. 4.2 kilometres from the town, while the second, which measured 2.7 in magnitude and 10 kilometres in depth, occurred at 1:34 a.m. on February 12, 1990, 1.2 kilometres from the community.

In the last 31 years, Kasoa has also had its fair share of earthquakes — there was one measuring 2.0 in magnitude on March 23, 1989; 3.4 in magnitude on February 27, 1988 and 3.1 in magnitude on December 3, 1987, all 10 kilometres in depth.

Source: Nsemwoha.com

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