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Why Kenyans should be worried by the cracks in Narok

Elvis Maina
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The split at Suswa. According to scientists, the Great Rift is slowly breaking and there are signs. [Photo/Nation]

Why Kenyans should be worried by the cracks at Suswa, NarokMassive earth movements that happened on Monday morning in Narok County are an indication that the Rift Valley is slowly splitting. 

According to geologists, the earth movements left deep fissures in the area, and could be the beginning of a deeper and wider split. 

The land at the busy Mai Mahiu-Narok road has a deep tear that is said to be more than 50 feet deep and 20 metres wide.

According to scientists, this is just one of the many weak spots on the Great Rift Valley, which runs through the continent from the Horn of Africa to Mozambique.

They have further indicated that the four countries in the Horn of Africa — Somalia and half of Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania are expected to split from Africa to form a new continent, which will be refered to as the Somali Plate.

“The valley has a history of tectonic and volcanic activities,” says geologist David Adede when he spoke to the Nation.

“Whereas the rift has remained tectonically inactive in the recent past, there could be movements deep within the Earth’s crust that have resulted in zones of weakness extending all the way to the surface,” he added.

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