July 27th, 2006 by rbanks
Geologists have ringside seats for an ocean’s birth | The Register. “A rift that opened in Africa after a massive earthquake last September could be the beginning of a new Ocean, scientists say. The crack in the ground appeared along a fault line in the Afar desert in Ethiopia.
The crack is heading for the Red Sea. If it makes it that far, it would carve a new ocean that would separate Eritrea and part of Ethiopia (both of which lie on the Arabian plate) from the rest of the continent, creating a new island.”
In one month it was already 8 metres wide in some places. Pretty wild, the thought of Ethipia as an island.