BTN Clip: Is Africa splitting in to two?

Deep cracks have started in a valley in Kenya making some scientists think it could be the start of Africa splitting in two. Kenya had experienced heavy rainfall the weeks before, causing a flood. The flood created a crack as long as several kilometers near the town of Mai Mahiu, ripping a major highway open and creating a deep gully that sucks in cars, as well as taking away farmers lands and homes. According to media company Face2Face Africa, the tear in the earth is more than 15m deep and more than 15m wide.

Did the scientists think that this was going to happen eventually? Did the crack appear slowly or all in one?

I understand that the crack could fully separate Africa in to two over 10’s of millions of years.

 

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