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The African Continent Is Splitting In Two—And It's Happening At A Faster Pace Than Anticipated

According to geologists seismic activity is slowly but surely splitting Eastern Africa away from the rest of the continent. The continent sits on two tectonic plates, the Eastern Somali plate, and the Western Nubian plate which are separated by a split called The Great Rift. 

The separation of plates has been ongoing for millions of years, but geologists recently announced that it's occurring at a rate much faster than expected. 

The Somali plate is moving away from the other plate at a rate of 2.5cm (per year) In the near future if this happens we shall have Somali plate separating from the other Nubian plate.

In geological terms "near future" means 50 million years, but for local residents the slow tectonic shift may already be causing issues. 

Recently the Mai Mahiu road, a busy Kenyan thoroughfare, caved in after developing a volcanic fault-line, and it's not the first time the road has collapsed. 

Residents are already concerned about the local seismic activity. 

Some believed the media was sensationalizing the collapse of the road...

But others took the event seriously, and geologists agreed. 

There is a great need for researchers to conduct a comprehensive study on the terrain of this region so that they can advise on where roads and residential buildings can be established. This can play a key role in dealing with such natural disasters should they happen

One Twitter user however suspected another culprit was behind the continental shift.  

H/T - Indy100