WARNING: Plateau Community Worries About Earth’s Movements

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Over the weekend, a group of specialists investigated ground movements in the Zot hamlet of Barkin Ladi LGA, Plateau State, and concluded that the recent occurrence in the region did not warrant any concern.


You may remember that portions of the Zot community in Barkin Ladi LGA, Plateau State, felt abrupt earth movements on April 3, 2024. Members of the neighborhood were filled with terror as they witnessed buildings fractured and ceilings shattered in the village, all accompanied by enormous booms that sounded like explosions.

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Authorities in the Barkin Ladi LGA were the first to receive word from the community, and they in turn notified the State Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Minerals Development.

During his visit to the neighborhood on April 9, 2024, Mr. Samuel Jaryum, the Director (Exploration) in the Ministry, also verified the earth movements’ occurrence.

After receiving the green light from the state governor, Barr. Caleb Mutfwang, he assembled a team of specialists, including geoscientists from Jos’s Geodesy Toro Centre for Remote Sensing and the University of Jos’s Department of Geology, to conduct extensive research into the origins of the earth’s movement.

Among the specialists present were Associate Professor Raymond Daspan of the University of Jos’s Geology Department, Dr. Ofonime Akpan of the Center for Geodesy and Geo Dynamics (a seismologist), and Dr. Kehinde Ogunmola of the National Center for Remote Sensing (a structural geologist).

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