A GIANT rift in Kenya has sparked fears that Africa could divide in two.
The growing crisis on the continent has brought down part of the Nairobi Narok highway.
Well, tectonic coffins claim, Africa might split in several million years.
Dr. Lucia Perez Diaz, postdoctoral researcher at the Fault Dynamics Research Group, Royal Holloway, London, explained how this continental breach could occur.
For the interview she wrote: "The East African Rift Valley stretches for 3,000 km from the Gulf of Aden in the north towards Zimbabwe in the south, the African plate split into two unequal parts: the Somali and Nubian slabs.
" The activity along the eastern branch of the Rift Valley, which runs along Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, became apparent as the sudden crack suddenly appeared in southwestern Kenya.
This process is known as "continental rifting" and requires enormous amounts Forces on Earth.
Underneath the crust, a "magma flag" forms, pushing the crust up and finally splitting it up.
Dr Diaz added: "At some point over a period of tens of millions of years, the spread of the Seabed along the entire length of the crack.
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"The ocean will flood and this will make the African continent smaller and there will be a large island in the Indian Ocean, made up of parts of Ethiopia and the Indian Ocean Somalia, including the Horn of Africa. "
The active ditch zone is currently spreading at a few millimeters per year.
This means that a new ocean will be created in about 10 million years, while the rift in East Africa continues to rupture.
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