Parts of the Greater Accra and Central Regions on Wednesday, June 24, experienced triple earth tremor that sent shivers down the spine of many residents.
For those in Accra, the first tremor occurred at exactly 2248 hours followed by the second one eight minutes later and third followed.
Journalists of the Ghana News Agency who lived in various parts of the national capital, including Gbawe, Mallam, McCarthy Hill, Dansoman, Kasoa, Sowutuom and Lapaz Nii Boi shared chilling experiences of how the tremor got them scared and made them uncomfortable to sleep.
Miss Eunice Hilda Ampomah, a reporter with the GNA, and a resident at Lapaz Nii Boi, said she was in bed and she suddenly heard a loud shaky noise on her roof which rattled from one end to another.
“In fact, instantly the house began to shake, including my bed.
” I got really scared, even afraid to try to sleep.
“It happened the second time and even louder, the third and fourth were mild,” she said.
Miss Ampomah said she had been sensitised to come out whenever there is an earthquake, but was scared to step out of her room.
“I am scared to even sleep as I don’t know when I will need to run out,” she lamented.
Mrs Audrey Dekalu, an Editor with the GNA, and resident at Metaheko, said: “I was about dozing off when I felt the first tremor. It was quite a scary feeling. And then the second and third followed”.
Mr Ken Sackey, an Editor with the Agency, and resident in Tema , said he was lying in bed reading when he felt” the building shudder…I thought it was the undersea blasting works being undertaken at the Tema Port Expansion project, but realised moments later when I felt my bed shake and the building shaking that some seismic activity of some sort had occurred”.
” The second one was strong. I woke up and rallied my family downstairs to wait awhile on the lawn… Just in case of any eventuality,” he said.
Madam Beatrice Asamani-Savage, the News Editor of the GNA,and resident at North Atomic Area, said her son hurried down the stairs, calling out her name in the process.
“Mummy, did you feel it?” he asked. “The bed shook”! I was sitting in the living room downstairs, with his grandma.
” Though I had also heard the sound, with a slight move under my feet, I thought it was a tipper truck emptying its content in the distant neighborhood. But his experience brought my attention to the reality.
” A tremor. And then it happened again and again. Every thing about keeping safe in an earthquake flooded my thoughts. I reached for my phone to share my experience. Alas, it was not just in my North Atomic area, but from McCarthy Hill to Sakumono, the earth had moved in its own way, and my colleagues were not taking it for granted,” she narrated.
Madam Christabel Addo, an Editor with the Agency, said she arrived home from work and entered her kitchen, and suddenly, she felt the ground shaking under her feet.
“I heard a sound like someone was dragging something heavy on the ground.
“I asked my girls what that sound was, but we all thought it was one of the tipper trucks that ply our roads during the day.
“I just saw on our Estate platform that it was an earth tremor,” she said.
The earth tremor seems to have travelled far and wide, with some residents in the Central and Eastern regions reporting to have experienced it.
A website www.volcano discovery.com also reported that the earth tremor occurred worldwide.