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African continent splitting into two is possible: Geophysics expert


It is in the realm of possibility for the African continent to one day split into two, the head of the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) Gad al-Qady explained.

In a Saturday telephone interview with TV host Ahmed Moussa on the “Ala Massoulity” (On My Responsibility) show, Qady said that the matter is under scientific research.

The East African Rift is an area of seismic activity with the beginning of the rift being the Red Sea, which widens by one centimeter per year, he noted.

Qady explained that after several million years, the Great Rift Valley will separate and become a subcontinent separate from Africa.

Parts of the Sinai Peninsula between the Gulfs of Aqaba and Suez will also separate and form a small island in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon, he said, which will also take millions of years.

Regarding the devastating earthquake which struck Morocco on Saturday, Qady said that it occurred in an area frequently struck by earthquakes over an average of every 50 years.

Source: Egypt Independent

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