Real Cause Of Explosion In Akure – Experts Disagree With Gov. Akeredolu

Akure Explosion 2 - Real Cause Of Explosion In Akure – Experts Disagree With Gov. Akeredolu

A team of experts have explained what caused the explosion that rocked Akure, Ondo State Capital on Saturday.

According to them, a giant rock from space known as meteors, caused the explosion.

A meteor is what happens when a meteoroid I.e a small piece of an asteroid, burns up upon entering earth’s atmosphere, creating a streak of light in the sky.

Adepelumi Adekunle, a professor of geophysics and earthquake engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University, who led the team, said the meteors impacted the location from “an angle of 43 degrees”.

Recall Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of the state, had said the blast occurred after a truck conveying explosives to a quarry exploded. TheCable obtained a copy of their report findings on the explosion on Sunday.

I have been briefed by the security chiefs that in the early hours of Saturday March 28th, a vehicle in a convoy transporting explosives to a storage facility in a neighbouring state developed a fault while in transit along the Akure Owo Road about 2km from the Akure Airport,” the governor had said.

But Adekunle said findings by his team suggest the explosion was caused by a natural phenomena, thereby contradicting the governor.

He added there was no evidence of a buried vehicle, buried ordinance or explosives from the site, and that “foreign rocks and strange metallic objects” were found within the crater crated.

His report read: “My Research group carried out a detailed analysis of the impact site. A circular impact crater with 21m diameter and 7.8m depth was found which suggest a natural phenomenal.

“Water was found oozing out from the edges of the crater. A preliminary insitu vibration, noise, seismicity, water analysis, radioactivity studies, rock and soil investigation were carried out.

“Our findings suggest that the impact of the blasting covers 1km radius of the surroundings of the crater. No evidence of fire or Burning of anything was found within the vicinity.

“No evidence of radioactivity radiation was found within the crater and immediate vicinity. The field evidence point to a conclusion that a meteoric from an asteroid belt that travels at a great speed from space impacted the location at an angle of 43 degrees created an ejecta at South-Western part.”

He also said a crack opening that vary in thickness from 3mm to 4 metres occurred on the wall of most of the buildings in the area, “but not at the base of the buildings”.

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