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Plate tectonics are splitting the entire African continent say geologists

Plate Movement
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Things aren't looking good for Kenya right now-the country is literally splitting in two.

Enormous rifts have opened within the ground, that stretch across a large chunk of Kenya's countryside. One such tear, located in Narok County, is 66 feet in length and as much as 50 feet deep at its lowest point.

These rifts are causing a lot of trouble throughout the country, with commuters and supply trucks unable to travel safely without massive delays. One video that shows some of the devastation highlights an area of road that has to be filled in temporarily for the sake of keeping traffic flowing on a busy highway, but the solution is far from permanent, and only allows for a limited number of cars to make the crossing at any given time.

In other areas, conditions are even more terrifying for locals, with families having to abandon their homes out of fear that the rift will spear, swallowing their entire livelihoods whole.

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The heaving and sinking oil wells of Wink, Texas

Wink sinkhole
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Wink Sink 2
It began with sinkholes. Two of them, gaping mouths to nowhere opening up as if to swallow the town of Wink, Texas. As they expanded, there were fears they might collide, morphing into one giant void.

They first emerged in 1980, and things haven't gotten better since. Now, an unprecedented study reveals Wink and its vast sinkholes are just a tiny part of a much bigger problem - a vast stretch of historical oil fields that are heaving and sinking, covering an area almost the size of Connecticut.

"The ground movement we're seeing is not normal," explains geophysicist Zhong Lu from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

"The ground doesn't typically do this without some cause."

Lu was part of a team who in 2016 used satellite data to reveal that the two Wink sinkholes weren't frozen in place, but could be about to expand in response to subsidence detected in and around the town.

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Huge sinkhole discovered in Limerick, Ireland

The huge sinkhole
© Pat Murphy
The huge sinkhole
Two birdwatchers have raised the alarm about a suspected sinkhole, measuring 25ft by 16ft, near Limerick.

Pat Murphy from Limerick and his friend Tony Ryan where out on Thursday evening trying to catch a starling murmuration when Tony discovered the massive suspected 'sinkhole'.

"We were out Thursday evening to catch a starling murmuration and my friend Tony Ryan discovered it just as we were walking on the bank," Pat told Independent.ie. "Luckily it was still bright otherwise who knows?"


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Major road blocked after large sinkhole appears on seafront in Devon, England

Torquay sinkhole
© Tina Crowson
The huge hole on Torquay seafront.
The main road between Torquay and Paignton has been closed after a large hole appeared in the pavement.

Torbay Council has described it as a 'major incident' with a 75-metre cordon in place on Torbay Road.

The road is blocked outside the Livermead House Hotel.

Temporary traffic lights are in place and they will remain for some time while emergency works are completed.

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Geyser erupts under road sending water and debris into the sky on San Diego interstate

geyser san diego
A towering geyser sent water and debris into the sky near Torrey Pines Tuesday, prompting traffic issues near busy construction.

The geyser erupted around 11 a.m. on Genesee Avenue just west of Interstate 5. All lanes of traffic on Genesee Ave. were shut down in both directions.

Public Utilities Department crews were able to shut off the water at about 12 p.m.

Comment: This is one of many strange events occurring nearby road works:


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Horse rescued from sinkhole in Brazil

Horse rescued

Horse rescued
On Saturday morning (17-March) a horse felt in a sinkhole of about 3 meters deep opened for unknown reasons in a street of Muriaé, Brazil. The horse was wounded and trapped. Fire Brigade soldiers worked to rescue the injured animal, with the help of residents who supplied a backhoe machine.


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Huge 100ft wide sinkhole drains canal in Cheshire, UK

Cheshire canal sinkhole
© Cheshire police/Mercury press
The sailing boat was just metres away from the sinkhole when it opened up at 11.40pm last night (pictured) on the Shropshire Union canal in Middlewich, Cheshire.
A sailor was nearly sucked down a 100ft-wide sinkhole that opened up on a canal while he was boating.

The giant crevice appeared on a stretch of the Shropshire Union canal in Middlewich, Cheshire, at 11.40pm last night.

As the sinkhole opened it sucked the water from the canal causing the sailor and his boat to be dragged back before coming to a halt just feet away from the crack.

The canal was left completely drained and the water flooded down onto a lower embankment.

Police found the man aboard the nearby boat and he was plucked to safety.

A dramatic picture of the scene this morning shows the vessel just feet away from plunging down the hole.

An officer who attended the scene tweeted: 'Seeing the Middlewich sinkhole in the light of day highlights just how lucky the man in the boat was. Think he'll be picking some numbers this evening.'

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Two cars fall into sinkhole in Rome

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The Italian fire and rescue service said it removed two cars after a sinkhole opened up on a street in southwest Rome in the early hours of March 13.

Footage of the incident shows the fire service removing the cars, with one partially collapsed into the sinkhole.

No one was injured, according to local reports.

The service tweeted: "Tonight a sinkhole opened up on the Gianicolense ring road, in the southwest area of Rome. The Vigili del Fuoco rushed to secure the area and [remove] the two vehicles involved."


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Large sinkhole emerges in street in Adelaide, Australia

A giant sinkhole opened up outside one family's house.
© 7 News
A large sinkhole opened up outside one family's house.
Residents in the Adelaide suburb of Elizabeth North had a shock when they woke up to see a gaping sinkhole in front of their homes.

A burst water main on Homington Road left bitumen collapsing in front of one family's eyes.

"The road actually lifted up and then just collapsed back into the ground," resident Chris Orange said.

"We were slowly watching bits of bitumen just break off from the sides, and it slowly got bigger and bigger."

Water was cut off in the area while crews worked hard to repair the road.


Comment: Recommended watching: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth


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"Earth splits in two" - Huge fissures appears in the ground in Saudi Arabia (VIDEO)

huge crack opens in Saudi Arabia
Our Earth splits in two as giant fissure appears in the desert of Saudi Arabia By Strange Sounds - Mar 6, 2018 1

Giant cracks are opening all around the world. While terrifying landslide and fissures are perforating the ground in Peru, another large and unexplained geological event split the Earth in two over at least 200 meters in desertic Saudi Arabia.


The deep crack is still growing. It was discovered on February 27, 2018, in Al-Majma'a Governorate, north of Riyadh.

Comment: Saudi Arabia has seen some bizarre weather from hailstones to flooding in the famously scorching hot region:





But it's not just Saudi Arabia seeing extreme weather events:





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