The government has released GHS2.9 million to address challenges with the Ghana Digital Seismic Network in order to ensure that the country is adequately prepared to reduce the risks associated with earthquakes and tremors.
Ghana experienced two earth tremors on 13 January and 2 March 2019 with magnitudes of 2.8 and 3.9 respectively, on the Richter scale. They followed tremors felt on 24 March and 9 December 2018 of magnitudes 3.3 on the Richter scale.
Speaking at the Meet-The-Press series in Accra on Wednesday, 11 September 2019, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh said the GHS2.9 million will go to address challenges such as the cost of: service level agreement, spare parts, satellite renewal and the establishment of solar power systems.
He noted that the “recent earth tremors are an indication that the fault systems in Ghana, particularly in Accra, are still active and stress continues to build up on them.”
Mr Asomah-Cheremeh further indicated that geo-hazard mapping and risk assessment in Accra and around the Akuapem mountain range has been conducted by the government to ensure effective land use planning and decisionmaking.