I've noticed many reports in the media about the East African Rift Valley recently, apparently because some large fissures opened up.
Washington Post: A huge crack provides evidence that Africa is slowly splitting into two
CNN: Big crack is evidence that East Africa could be splitting in two
Fox News: Africa is splitting in two, and here's proof
USA Today: Breaking up is hard to do: Africa could eventually split into two continents
Many of them seem to suggest that this is significant new evidence that Africa is going to split in two, but my understanding was that this was not at all in question and hasn't been for quite some time. Is this just a case of science journalism exaggerating things as it often does or is there something significant in that the existence of these two plates diverging was less firmly established than I thought or that these recent events have significantly changed our understanding of them that justifies all the hoopla, but is not being adequately conveyed.