The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has stated that the cause of the recent tremor in Jama Local Government Area of Kaduna State, could be attributed to passive sources.
In a press statement signed by the Head, Media and Corporate Communications of the agency, Dr. Felix Ale, it, however, stated that the nature of the source would soon be determined after the completion of yet another on-going thorough and further investigation of the incident by experts in the agency.
He explained that the reports had established that the incident was recorded in Kwoi and surrounding villages of Nok, Sanbah and Chori in Jama Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday 11th and Monday 12th September, 2016.
“The current findings was the outcome of a preliminary report by the team of experts immediately deployed to the affected communities from one of the activity centres of the Space Agency: The Centre for Geodesy and Geodynamics for on- the- spot assessment and to carry out a survey and investigation on the incident.
“The team which was led by the Head of Seismology division of the Space Agency, Dr. Ofonime Akpan was able to establish that the Seismological Station of NASRDA located at Kujama in Kaduna State accurately recorded the unfortunate incident which made it easy for collation of data and early release of preliminary reports on the incident.
“The analysis showed that the first event occurred at 12:28:16.50 seconds GMT on Sunday 11th September, 2016 and the event has an epicentre located Latitude 9.825N and Longitude 7.885 E while Local Magnitude was 2.6 and Moment Magnitude was 3.0 and Focal Depth was10km.
“The report further revealed that the second event occurred on Monday 12th September, 2016 at 03:10:48.80 seconds (GMT) with Local Magnitude of 2.6 and Moment Magnitude of 2.9 with Focal Depth of 10km while the epicentre was Latitude 10.879N and Longitude 7.188E.
“This was followed immediately by another event at 03:11:20.00 seconds (GMT) located at an epicentre of Latitude 9.927N and Longitude 7.297E, Local Magnitude 2.9 and Moment Magnitude 3.0,” it said.