This massive crack in Kenya is splitting Africa in two

Geologists say a large part of East Africa is slowly breaking away from the rest of the continent

Stars Insider

12/04/24 | StarsInsider


What would you do if a huge crack in the Earth suddenly appeared in the place where you lived? Though this might seem like an occurrence worthy of a Hollywood disaster movie, it has actually happened in real life! In 2018, huge fissures began to appear along the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. While geologists have long known that the tectonic plates along East Africa are slowly moving apart, the enormous cracks appearing in the earth and destroying homes provided a more visceral demonstration of that fact. 

Experts predict that the rift will continue to grow for the next 5-10 million years until East Africa has fully separated from the rest of the continent. This will create a new ocean and turn East Africa into an island.

Intrigued? Click on to learn more about this terrifying natural phenomenon.

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