Researchers claim huge crack in Kenya could split Africa into two

  • Huge crack appears in Kenya
  • Researhers claim crack could split Africa into two
  • It is believed to be the reason for the  collapse of the Nairobi-Narok highway and seismic activity in the area

Researchers claim that sudden appearance of a huge crack which stretches several miles in Kenya could possibly tear the African continent into two.

The rip was pointed out as one reason for the collapse of the Nairobi-Narok highway, as well as further seismic activity in the area.

An article published by Unilad stated that the tear which is happening faster than expected had caused worry on people and posted immediate challenges for engineers to do something.

With this, Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) are now working to restore the collapsed road using rockfill, while ordering motorists to take different routes. However, this is reported to be only a temporary solution, the article added.

The rip in the Earth is believed to be around 50 feet deep and over 20 meters wide and the fault line itself stretches around 700 meters. This, the article noted, had caused people living within the vicinity of the Maai Mahiu-Narok road to evacuate their homes.

Although this separation won’t occur for millions of years, some geologists fear this rift has already started some noticeable issues.

Meanwhile, a published story on Daily Mail explained how Africa could split in two.

Based on the report, a huge tectonic plate boundary 3,100 miles (5,000km) long is running up along the eastern section of the continent; further stressing that this can be seen in the surface as the East African Rift System (EARS).

Accordingly, the African plate has split into the Somalian and Nubian tectonic plates, which are pulling away from each other. This active rift zone is currently spreading at few millimeters per year which means that in around 10 million years, a new ocean will emerge as the EARS continues to tear East Africa apart.

The East African Rift (EAR) is an active continental rift zone in East Africa. The EAR began developing around the onset of the Miocene some 20 to 25 million years ago. In the past, it was considered to be part of a larger Great Rift Valley that extended north to Asia Minor.

Described as unique, the EAR allows people to observe different stages of breaking along its length. To the south, where the rift is young, extension rates are low and faulting occurs over a wide area. Volcanism and seismicity are limited.

However, towards the Afar region the entire rift valley floor is covered with volcanic rocks which means that the lithosphere has thinned almost to the point of complete break up in the area. When this occurs, a new ocean will begin forming by the solidification of magma in the space created by the broken-up plates and over a period of tens of millions of years, seafloor spreading will progress along the entire length of the rift. Once the ocean floods in, the African continent will become smaller and there will be a large island in the Indian Ocean composed of parts of Ethiopia and Somalia, including the Horn of Africa, the report noted.