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 1636. The last three major ones occurred in 1862, 1906 and 1939. 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.
Publication: EGS – AGU – EUG Joint Assembly, Abstracts from the meeting held in Nice, France, 6 – 11 April 2003, abstract id. 14097 Pub Date: April 2003 Bibcode: 2003EAEJA….14097A