I am deeply concerned about the geo-engineering on our planet and the massive die off of trees and 200 or more species daily. It wasn't a result of tectonics, it was the result of the weather. View our online Press Pack. The Narok — Mai Mahiu road has been reopened to traffic after repair works on the section that had been cut off by flood waters. But Wendy Bohon, an earthquake geologist, said it's more likely the tear is the result of rain alone.
He added that the earth movements have resulted in weaknesses and the weak zones form fault lines and fissures which are normally filled by volcanic ash, most likely from the nearby Mt Longonot. This allows teams to observe this cracked rift, while it is in the early stages still. But not all scientists are convinced the crack was the result of tectonic rifts. Huge crack in the ground in Africa could split the continent in two A 50-foot deep crack in the earth has appeared Africa that some scientists say is a sign the continent will split in two. It's formation, roughly 30 million years ago, is responsible for the Rio Grande River bordering the southern U.
It does mean, however, that the physical effects of that separation will continue to be felt. Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. Trevor Nace is a PhD geologist, founder of , Forbes contributor, and explorer. A giant crack opened up in Kenya, cutting off a busy road after heavy rains. Measured at about 15 metres deep and 19 metres across, the crack in the Earth was spotted after a period of heavy rainfall.
The new fissure swallowed up large chunks of fertile Earth. One resident named Eliud Njoroge Mbugua saw the crack run through his home. Send your article suggestions to: To submit an article for publication, see our Some icons appearing on this site were created by: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Original content © 2002-2019 by Sott. Volcanism and seismicity are somewhat limited. Three other students from a local secondary school were saved from being swept away and taken to hospital. It extends from the Gulf of aden located in the north, towards Zimbabwe located in the south. While the larger rifting system could be the underlying mechanism for the 50 feet deep and 66 feet wide chasm, the sudden appearance was likely due to heavy rainfall in the area, exposing the crack.
The African continent is really going to split it two! Dr Lucia Perez Diaz, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Fault Dynamics Research Group, London's Royal Holloway, explained how this continental rupture could occur. Everything else will include the larger plate areas. But he says its true cause goes deeper, and that it was created by the movement of the Earth's tectonic plates, sections of the Earth's crust that move about one inch a year. The surface expression of the rifting is responsible for a wide zone of volcanism, seismic activity, uplift and subsidence of the ground, and the creation of fissures and cracks. We pay for videos too. The process, however, will take millions of years at the current spreading rate of a few millimeters per year. Other scientists, like earthquake geologist Wendy Bohon, agree that Africa is slowly splitting in two, but she thinks the gash was created in a flash.
A rift valley refers to a lowland region where tectonic plates rift, or move apart. This tear measuring 50 feet deep and 20 metres wide across part of Nairobi-Narok highway, was followed by a large amount of seismic activity happening in this particular area. Most of the time, events such as these go unnoticed. As rifting continues, Earth will exhibit a large island in the Indian Ocean. Diagram of the East African rift system. Eastern Russia is home to the Baikal Rift Valley, and Antarctica is separated by the West Antarctic Rift.
The northern region of Kenya will likely be the first region to break apart, University of London researcher Lucia Perez Diaz wrote in the Conversation, because it is coated with volcanic rocks. To me it looks pretty cut and dry. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Remember, we need your help to collect information on what is going on in your part of the world! To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. A giant crack opened up in Kenya, cutting off a busy road after heavy rains. For this to happen, it requires huge forces to be exerted upon the Earth.
This means the space was only exposed when rainwater washed the ash away. Email us at or call 0207 782 4368. Geologist David Adede told the , a Kenyan newspaper, that the fault line had likely already been there and was simply filled with volcanic ash from the nearby Mt. The current rift appears to be in the general area of the border of the the Nubian and Somali plates. It wasn't a result of the tectonics, it was the result of the weather. Cookie information is stored in your browser and performs functions such as recognising you when you return to our website and helping our team to understand which sections of the website you find most interesting and useful. It's an important piece of evidence for scientists piecing together our prehistoric past.
Scientists believe these plates slide slowly across the liquid surface of the Earth's mantle, which is made of ultra-hot liquid rock beginning around 80 to 190 kilometers beneath the surface. These countries are located in what geologists refer to as the Great Rift Valley — a region spanning 6,000 km from Mozambique to the Middle East, where tectonic plates are constantly moving apart. It was recently exposed by heavy rain in the area, but ultimately caused by movement of the Earth's tectonic plates deep underground, he said. Over millions of years, the eastern edge of Africa will begin to be separated from the rest of Africa by a small and shallow sea. It seems that geologists are split on their decision, to what caused a massive tear across the southwestern part of Kenya recently.
The heavy rainfall washed the ash away, exposing the deep fissure in the ground. When they collide or separate, they cause earthquakes; over time, the same processes form rifts, ridges, mountains and chasms. After the , now deadly floods damage Kenya. It wasn't a result of the tectonics, it was the result of the weather. The fissures tore apart a busy road and the government has had to intervene, desperately trying to fill the chasm with rocks and cement.