Seismologists have warned that parts of the Weija Hill near the tollbooth are on the verge of collapsing.
According to them, human activities such as sand mining and rock blasting have impacted that part of the ridge, causing a landslide if there is severe rainfall or an earthquake in the vicinity.
During a visit to the neighborhood, it was discovered that people typically suffer tremors at night, which has produced a lot of anxiety and terror among them.
Principal Seismologist Nicholas Opoku hinted in an interview that the entire slope is unstable, particularly the area closest to the tollbooth.
Other places have soft rocks, leaving the mountain particularly vulnerable to severe rains or an earthquake, he added.
“Because it is also an earthquake-prone zone, it has been subjected to previous shaking, resulting in numerous fissures in the rocks, which are actually weak.” As a result, the area is more vulnerable to landslides.
“A landslide can occur even in the absence of gravity, and these landslides are frequently worsened by earthquakes.” As a result, the probability of a landslide in the area has increased. “The materials are loose,” he explained, “so when it rains excessively, it adds so many loads that it destabilizes the slope.”
Concerns about quarrying activities on the hill were made by a local who has lived in the area for the past two decades.
Samuel Okine, on the other hand, claims that the situation has been under control for some time now thanks to local authorities’ assistance.
“You can have it twice or three times a day; it’s quite intense.” You get out of bed, and it’s gone. There is a section of erosion there that could result in a landslide in the future. “It’s perilous to live on the edge, but people still quarry stones,” he complained.