Earthquake and Space Weather Laboratory, Geology OAUIFE

An earthquake and space weather laboratory has been established in the Department of Geology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. This was necessitated by the deployment of a multi-million Research and Development Space Weather and Earth’s Movement Monitoring Magnetometer by the Center for Atmospheric Research under the auspices of Ministry of Science and Technology, Abuja in the month of May 2019. This equipment measures the total field of the Earth’s magnetic field, monitors the space environment including satellite altitudes, and Earth’s movement on real time basis at 1-second interval and transmits same at near real time to dedicated server for global usage. This is sequel to the equipment research grant jointly by UNESCO and the World Academy of Science for Earthquake Monitoring in Nigeria given to the Department in 2007.

Since inception in May 2019,  the laboratory has recorded three events. One in Peru 8.0 Magnitude 26/05/3019; Ifewara, Osun State Nigeria 1.5 Magnitude 04/06/2019 and Kermadec Island,New Zealand 7.6 Magnitude 15/06/2019.

New Zealand

 

Ifewara, Osun State, Nigeria

Peru, South America

 

N9 million research fund to Geology Department

The Federal Government of Nigeria awarded the sum of N9 million naira to the Department of Geology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife to map and evaluate Talc/Talcose bodies in Osun State, Nigeria.

Obafemi Awolowo University was among 11 other Universities awarded project funds for different research purposes.

The Minister of State for Mines, Mr Bwari affirmed that the projects, which will involve students and lecturers would improve quality of learning and enhance the geosciences database required by mining investors.

Details can be found in news media across the country.

Congratulations to the Department of Geology
Congratulations to the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria