On Earth begins the formation of a new continent?
A local Daily Outlet source said the crack in some places is about 15 meters deep and 20 meters wide. Its length is several kilometers. She appeared in the East African Rift Valley, which runs from the Horn of Africa to Mozambique itself. And in this valley there are many weak points.
They are caused by the movement of the earth's crust, and cracks and tears occur in such places. According to a local article, these cracks are usually filled with volcanic dust from Mount Longonot nearby, but recent rain has eroded the entire layer, and now the crack has opened.
National Geographic notes that gaps in this area are becoming more massive, as two tectonic plates, Somali and Nubian, are moving away from each other. Over time, they may disperse completely, but this will happen somewhere within 50 million years. Such gaps may indicate the beginning of a continental fault and the beginning of the formation of a new ocean basin. This process is similar to the fault in which Africa and South America appeared.
But not everyone is convinced of such a radical theory. Forbes notes that there was no evidence of recent earthquakes in this area. The Kenya Geological Survey believes that the crack was due to an underground stream caused by heavy rainfall that fell after a long drought and caused soil erosion. True, why a crack such a large service does not specify.
Whatever the reason, this phenomenon has already caused many worries to the locals. Because of it, part of the highway has already collapsed, and families living near the crack begin to evacuate, fearing for their safety.