15 July 2018

Suswa, Kenya where the earth recently split in two!

Last March, a large crack stretching a few miles, suddenly appeared in Kenya. The tear caused part of the highway between Mai-Mahiu and Narok to collapse near a small market called Suswa. The phenomenon wreaked havoc, cutting off feeder roads and prompting families to flee due to the widening fault line.

I was fascinated by the news reports broadcast around the world and followed the updates for a few days. Eventually I was able to see it with my own eyes two weeks later when I went to visit missionary friends in Narok. These girls, on a school field trip by bus, also had a chance to see it with their own eyes when they passed by the area.

[Photos immediately above and below are my pictures. The others are from the internet. The water in these first two photos is from the ongoing rains.] 

I think you'll find this video informative.

Definition of rift:
Form fissures, cracks, or breaks, especially through large-scale faulting; move apart.

Definition of a rift valley: 
a lowland region that forms where Earth’s tectonic plates move apart, or rift.

Great Rift Valley:
The Great Rift Valley is the continuous geographic trench, approximately 3,700 miles long, running from Lebanon's Beqaa Valley in Asia to Mozambique in Southeastern Africa. Today, the term mostly refers to the valley of the East African Rift, which is in the process of splitting the African Plate into two new separate plates.

Red indicates the Great Rift Valley

The Earth is an ever-changing planet.
But every now and then something dramatic happens and leads to renewed questions about the African continent splitting in two.
Dramatic events, such as a highway suddenly breaking apart due to a fault can give continental rifting a sense of urgency.
However, rifting is a very slow process that, most of the time, goes about splitting Africa without anybody even noticing.

Geologists predict part of Africa will break off in thousands or millions of years.

Yes, the highway was repaired allowing vehicles to use it once more... but who knows how long until it again collapses!

A bit further down the road are the beautiful wheat fields near Narok

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