09 December 2020 By Georgina Humphrey
The Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, NGSA, says it is prepared to monitor earthquakes and tremors to ensure that early warnings are issued as practiced in developed Countries.
The Director-General, Dr Abdulrazaq Garba made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
He explained that the Agency acquired 4 Guralp seismographs, the same being used by the British Geological Survey and the United States Geological Survey to monitor earthquakes across the Country.
“The four new Guralp seismographs replaced some of the ones we have before, and extended some to new locations that need seismograms, pending when we are able to procure more” he added.
‘Some years ago, the NGSA acquired five Seismographs which were installed in the following locations Kaduna, Keffi, Bwari in Abuja and one in the University of Abuja, Gwagwalada.’
He stressed that for the Agency to operate optimally there was need for very good seismographs to avert earthquakes.
Dr Garba, who is the President of the Nigerian Society of Economic Geologists explained that the idea is to gradually procure and install seismographs to achieve National Coverage, stating that the agency is currently focusing on areas in and around Abuja.
The Director General said the advanced features of the new Guralp seismographs are automatic such that once it is calibrated, it can be viewed from a mobile phone.
Dr. Garba therefore commended the Buhari Administration, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Olamilekan Adegbite and the Minister of State, Dr Uchechukwu Ogah for the commitment that led to the recent improvement of the technical capacity of the Agency to monitor seismic events.