Yenagoa—Houses shook and residents were rattled late Wednesday, as earth tremor rocked Okordia clan in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The noise, it was learnt, was so loud that some residents mistook the tremor for an earth quake.
Residents of Okordia clan, which is predominately a fishing and farming settlement, said they felt a quake on the ground and saw most of fixed objects shake during the tremor which lasted about five minutes.
The incident, sources told our correspondent, triggered pandemonium in the area as residents rushed out of their homes for fear that the buildings might collapse.
Residents of the community attributed the tremor, the first of its kind, to the many years of oil exploration activities by oil multinationals in the area.
Others, including the indigenes of the Freetown, Ikarama 1 and 2 in Okordia clan said the unusual occurrence left about 50 buildings with cracks.
A native, who simply gave her name as Doubra, said the tremor shook houses, but did not cause any major damage to household furniture.