Is Africa splitting into two continents? — Quartz

Heavy rains caused havoc in Kenya in March, collapsing hospital walls, flooding entire neighborhoods, and closing off major highways. The downpour also exposed a fault line that geologists now say is evidence that the African continent will split into two over the next tens of millions of years.

The floodwaters created a rift stretching several kilometers near Mai Mahiu town in the Rift Valley, ripping a major highway open and creating a deep gully that sucked in cars and impacted farmers and their homes. Scientists say seismic tremors and tectonic shifts in the region are to blame, with the rains only exacerbating the problem by washing away the surface and exposing the underlying activities.

The East African Rift System (EARS), part of the Great Rift Valley, stretches thousands of…

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