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.
Those guys in the active volcano valley must live that place now, it is only matter of time b4 disaster occur.— Punden Lorengei (@PundenL) March 18, 2018
The pple living around tht area should vacate immediately n move to a safer area. Disaster might be coming n we are here blaming the rain instead of asking ourselves how the great rift was came about— things on all (@Reallkenus) March 18, 2018
Geologists should come in now and offer vital advise to KeNHA.— edward kabugua (@ekabugua) March 18, 2018
Obviously an unstable region. Road should be diverted before calamity occurs. Three times in a week is warning enough.— Raymond Ohalls (@raymond_ohalls) March 20, 2018
seismic movement. unforeseeable situation this is. Serious problems for the road.— Irungu Macharia (@ENGnaftali) March 18, 2018
Some believed the media was sensationalizing the collapse of the road...
Ntv Kenya get your facts right. Why spread falsehood??? Passed by there today and all is well.— enok tanguz (@EnokTanguz) March 18, 2018
Just passed here. It's as smooth as a snake's backside. No traffic to speak of.— Felix Mutie (@mangotele) March 18, 2018
Just passed there two hours ago and it's in superb Form. Better than yesterday morning when I passed there.— Alex Sabuni™ (@esupetai) March 18, 2018
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
Kenha engineers and govnt should stop joking with lives. Get geologists and qualified researchers to advice and then do proper professional work. Filling the cracked road with boulders and stones wont help where witnesses confirm that large volumes of storm water was swallowed— Ben Oloo (@OlooBenodhiambo) March 18, 2018
Repairs done were cosmetic and until the rain stops no amount of repair will help100%.A geological survey with the correct ground imaging equipment will help make clear the magnitude of this fault line hence correctly inform on the correct repair actions to be taken.— Max Mash (@Max1Mash) March 18, 2018
What again! Perhaps, it needed a bit of understanding of the geological & tectonic structure of the area before the first cracks were filled in!— Dr. Kenneth Ombongi (@DrOmbongi) March 19, 2018
Plate tectonic movements underneath my suspicion. Kenya has to pick this as a serious warning to prevent a future catastrophe. Call in Geo experts to check on this and fix it or do remedial work to avert a serious natural disaster in future....!!!!— Taz Bwakura (@tazkkl68) March 20, 2018
One Twitter user however suspected another culprit was behind the continental shift.
H/T - Indy100