Plate tectonics are an ever-changing fact of life on earth. They’ve given us beautiful mountains, striking coastlines, and even brought countries together. Fascinating — until your home is ripped apart by a giant rift, as happened recently to a region in Kenya.
The Mai Mahiu-Narok road west of the capital city Nairobi was ripped apart by a crack that, at its furthest points, reaches 65 feet wide and 50 feet deep. The region received a dose of heavy rainfall last month, sending mud and debris through a filled-in crevasse and washing way much of what was in its path. One resident lost his home in the incident, and was barely able to vacate the area in time, he told a video crew from National Geographic.