The continent of Africa may one day become two continents, say researchers. Geologists have recently found a large crack which stretches several miles in length, one that is likely to result in a massive split leading to two separate areas being formed; however, residents of this continent do not have to worry about this happening any time in the near future.
According to USA Today, this division of the world's second-most-populated continent will take tens of millions of years. Geologists have been aware of this possibility for some time now, but it only recently became real when they discovered the aforementioned crack, which made its appearance in southwestern Kenya after a period of severe rainfall.
A section of the Narok-Nairobi highway actually ended up collapsing as a result of the crack, with this being followed by significant seismic activity in the surrounding area. This information was provided in an interview statement given by Royal Holloway postdoctoral researcher Lucia Perez Diaz, who studies tectonics. Royal Holloway is a prestigious university located in London, England.
The actual size of the crack, located in Africa's East African Rift Valley, is quite astonishing. As reported by National Geographic, it is more than 50 feet deep and measures an incredible 60 feet across. The fact that the crack occurred in this area of the continent is not entirely surprising, as rift valleys are where the shifting of tectonic plates is quite a common occurrence, due to them being lowland regions.