A large rift that suddenly appears in Kenya's Rift Valley will continue to grow, eventually destroying Africa. That's what experts say.
The crack is already expanding for several kilometers and cuts through the surface, but it does not go all the way. Once that is the case, it will divide the continent in two.
The rift has brought down part of the Nairobi Narok Highway and has also accelerated seismic activity in the area, leading the researchers to believe something dramatic could happen in the future.
"The Great Rift splits Africa into two slabs, and with what has happened, we have made a slab that moves the Somali slab off the other slab at a speed of 2.5 cm in the near future If that happens, we will separate the Somali plate from the other Nubian plate, "said geologist David Ahede.
"One can not stop a geological process because it occurs deep in the Earth's crust." 1
Tectonic plates are constantly in motion. They often collide, break or collapse, causing earthquakes. When this happens, the plates disintegrate to form a lowland region known as the Rift Valley. The East African trench in Kenya is one of the world's largest trench quarries, extending over a length of about 3,700 miles and a width of about 40 miles.
The forces that cause cracks in the surface are still poorly understood. However, they get bigger and bigger over time and start to crack. The East African Rift is a great example of such activity. The ditch in Kenya is so big that it splits Africa into two parts.
"Cracks are the beginning of a collapse of the continent and, if successful, could lead to the formation of a new sea basin.An example of a place on earth where this happened is the South Atlantic, which is the result of the dissolution of South America and Africa About 138 million years ago, "explains The Conversation author Lucia Perez Diaz, postdoctoral fellow at the Fault Dynamics Research Group, London's Royal Holloway
" The East African Rift is unique in that it allows us to perform various rifting After all, seafloor propagation will continue along the entire length of the rift over a period of several million years, flooding the ocean and making the African continent smaller and becoming a large island in the Indian Ocean, which consists of parts of Ethiopia and Somalia, including the Horn of A frika. "