Following the recent earth Tremors that occurred in the country over the weekend, Expert of Earth Science here at the University of Ghana, Mr. Mawuli Akoto has asked that Ghanaians equip themselves with the knowledge on how to stay alive in case an earthquake should occur.
Speaking to the issue Mr. Mawuli Akoto has noted that most people take earth tremors for granted because they feel this is just a slight shake of the earth and does not cause any serious problems. He, however, urged that Ghanaians take these tremors serious to prepare themselves in case a bigger one should occur.
“You see human beings we try to pacify ourselves so call it a tremor because the ground shook it didn’t cause any distraction when you hear an earthquake that is when you become scared but an earthquake is an earthquake it depends on the size. so whether you call it earth tremor or earthquake it is the ground breathing. The earth is such that it is not solid and stable”
Mr. Akoto delved deeper into the matter outlining some of the areas that are earthquake prone in the country. He urged that Ghanaians living in these areas should endeavor to equip themselves with knowledge of how to protect themselves in case an earthquake occurs.
“If you live south of Kumasi it is better you prepare for an earthquake. if you live in the north of Kumasi you can take things for granted.”
He added that most of these disasters occur at Coastal areas and asked that residents of these areas take the issue seriously and guard themselves against any future disasters. He stressed that these events have been monitored and predicted on the lines of past events.
“The knowledge we have from the monitoring most of the coastal zone, we determine these areas by looking at what happened in the pasts. There was a major earthquake that affected the whole area, these major earthquakes occurred hundred to two hundred years ago in Accra that killed a lot of people. So I can generally say if you live along the coastal lines you should be careful”
He stressed that earthquakes do not kill, it is the houses that we decide to build and live in and where they are located, that will eventually fall on us and kill us if we don’t take precautions ahead of time.
“The way forward we should look at how we build because it is not the earthquake that will kill you, it is the houses you use your own money to build that will fall on you an then you can die.”
He added that Ghanaians can also protect themselves better if they desist from building at areas that have been declared earthquake prone. He explained that there are regulations for building and urged that all Ghanaians abide by them to prevent any future consequences. He also called on the government to make sure they implement these regulations and not do it only after there is trouble.
“One thing I am proud of is that for more than 20years we have been trying to have a building code and last year it was launched. we also have building regulations which need to be consistently reviewed. Accra is generally an earthquake-prone area but because of geology there are places that are safe and places that are not very safe and places that we shouldn’t build at all”
He concluded that the way forward is to check structures early enough and not wait after some years when people have built anyhow, it will be very difficult to regulate.
“But not this random building and then ten later before they start asking for building permits that will help us.”
By: Jocelyn Afeafa/universnewsroom