Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Earthquakes a special concern in southern Ghana

From Public Agenda:

Mr. Philip Yaw Oduro Amoako, a Geologist with the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), has warned that the threat of an imminent earthquake rocking the Southern part of Ghana, especially along the coast, is still real and that Ghanaians should always prepare up for it.

"Those living in the Southern part of Ghana should always prepare against an imminent earthquake, it could happen any time, but as to the exact day and time nobody can tell. The prediction is still relevant," he warned.

… He mentioned Weija, Accra, Ho, Axim, Elmina, and Cape Coast as some of the earthquake-prone areas and advised that residents in these places should seek advice from structural engineers when putting up buildings in order to meet earthquake resistance specifications.

"Buildings with arches without any support are likely to collapse in the event of an earthquake and this should be avoided," he advised in a later interview with the Public Agenda.

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