History Earth Tremor occurrences in Ghana

Earth Tremor occurrences in Ghana

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Earth Tremor in Ghana is a big deal in Ghana. Though Ghana is far away from the major earthquake zones of the world, it is however, prone to earthquake disaster. Ghana has records of damaging earthquakes dating as far back as 1615. The last three major ones occurred in 1862, 1906 and 1939.

Earth Tremor in Ghana is a major issue. Though Ghana is far away from the major earthquake zones of the world, it is however, prone to earthquake disaster.
1939 Ghana 

The first earthquake recorded in Ghana was in 1615 and the event was located in Elmina, where a fortress was destroyed.

In 1636, an earthquake of magnitude 5.7 struck the country at Axim, where some miners were buried alive.

In 1862, another earthquake struck the country in Accra with a magnitude of 6.5, in which 3 people were killed and destroyed many structures.

The most destructive earthquake that struck the then Gold Coast and caused a lot of damage and loss of life and property was the 22nd June 1939 earthquake. Seventeen people were killed and one hundred and thirty three injured.

Its magnitude was 6.5 on the Richter scale. The occurrence of the 1939 earthquake, the latest tremors that occurred on the 8th of January, 14th of February and 6th of March 1997 and recent micro-seismic activity are very threatening registering more than 4.0 on the Richter scale.

Earth tremors have also been recorded on March 24, 2018, December 9, 2018, January 2019, February 2019 and March 2, 2019. All these tremors recorded a magnitude less than 4.

Although Ghana is far away from major earthquake zones of the World, it is still prone to tremor disaster.

The most Current earth Tremor occurred on 24 June, 2020 at about 10:30 pm which occurred three times in the space of 10 minutes.

Parts of the Greater Accra and Central Region experienced the earth tremors.

Some residents of Osu, Ablekuma Manhean, Kaneshie, Achimota, Adenta, Circle, Kokomlemle, Accra New Town, Legon, Dansoman, Kasoa, Haatso, Kwashiman, Teshie, Nungua, McCarthy Hill among others said they felt the tremor.

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