Giant Louisiana sinkhole swallows more land after ‘burp’ — Water continuing to move — “Indication that event is not over”

Published: April 18th, 2013 at 11:31 am ET


Title: Burp & Slough-In
Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury
Date: April 18, 2013 at 9:30a ET
h/t Anonymous tip

There was a “burp” within the sinkhole this morning as well as a slough in on the east side (of which measurements are not yet available). Water in the sinkhole continues to move which is an indication that this event is not over.

The installation of the seismic equipment and implementation of the code system are essential in indicating that events like this will happen before they actually do. Over the last three days, the seismic equipment used in the monitoring process showed signs that prompted officials to heighten the code level in the sinkhole to Code 3 (explanation below). Dr. Horton and Dr. Hecox, both diligently observing the monitoring process, were able to raise the code level in prediction of such an event as this. […]

Watch Tuesday’s flyover footage here

Published: April 18th, 2013 at 11:31 am ET


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14 comments to Giant Louisiana sinkhole swallows more land after ‘burp’ — Water continuing to move — “Indication that event is not over”

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    I think the important thing to take away here is that this is the East side sloughing in. They have predicted very little growth to the South East side if ole holey because the cap rock is in that direction. Same place we saw the corner of a workpad fall in last week.

    For me it raises the question of "did the cap rock fracture? Where? What is the fragment's angle relative to horizontal?

    • gottagetoffthegrid

      a reasonable estimate for the equilibrium failure angle in of the cap rock would be between 2V:1H and 1V:1H. the equilibrium failure angle in the sediments above the cap rock would be between about 1V:3H and 1V:4H. you'd start to measure this from the base of the instability — 1400ft below ground, the sediments are about 4 to 500ft thick, as noted by Thad.

      this thing is only going to get bigger. a lot bigger.

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      hollow out a cavern twice as high as the empire state building under ground and you might expect the top to fall in at some point. But the problem isnt limited to this local. They have these things all over the place. Water ingress will move oil up, it means an active displacement, like a river of water flowing downward. More salt turns to brine, caverns could interconnect or who knows what, a mile under…all those layers of rock. Unintended fracking

  • gottagetoffthegrid

    so you get a burp/belch/regergitation about 24 to 36 hrs after seismic activity exceeds 50 quakes/shocks per hour. thats a good predictive bench mark.

    they better start on the second, larger berm — maybe 2-300 feet further out from the existing. its only a matter of time before that one gets swallowed up.

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      I am with you on the second berm, and hoping it would be something that could withstand a cat 5 hurricane instead of just a cat 2. How many cat 5 storms could LA experience over a thousand or so years? Why only build to cat 2 and call it a day when they know this is going to be falling in in bursts and spurts over many years?

      If I was designing the response, and even if it is only capable of withstanding a cat 2 hurricane, I would start doubling up in the direction which is having the most rapid growth. Until recently I thought that was to the Southwest.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    She says under her breathe.. flippin ring of dirt…
    I would suspect that as larger areas of geological materials are involved..the burp/gulps will get larger..along with increased seismic activity.
    How can this NOT occur?
    How big did they speculate this will be in the thousand is supposed to take for this to be over?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Humans really shouldn't try to work..with such large time and space.
    They don't have the mental capacity..for such projectile thought.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Large numbers, HOTR?

      Here's an infographic from Common Dreams:

      '13 Spills. 30 Days. Nearly 1.2 Million Toxic Gallons'

      One month of international oil spills. Roughly 1.2 million gallons of hazardous material spewed into the environment.

      Multiply this by twelve months, times 80+ years of large scale oil drilling and chemical production worldwide. Add 50% to that total of what goes unreported.

      That's a large number.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        Hubris..allows think they should have control of the future… of this planet and it's inhabitants…thousands of years from now…when in reality..they are blowing it…big time in real time.

  • Lion76 Lion76

    moving dirt around is big business.. it's all about maintaining the illusions of control.

  • pcjensen

    I met someone who is familiar with the Hutchinson salt dome frackers' practices in Kansas. Is there potential for sinkhole activity there? Very similar circumstances.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Old Faithful now has a running buddy. Welcome "Old Corneholio" (Corne + hole) = Corneholio… Cornehole or Corneholed just doesn't sound right, even though thats what the residents are getting. Gonna need more than berms I'm afraid to contain that beast, he has only opened 1 eyelid in comparison of what is to come. Only solution at this point to prevent major contamination from future events there is to build a dam / levy system at the mouth of lake verrett where the grand bayou goes in to filter out the petrochemical and other toxic and radioactive waste coming from deep in the belly of the beast. We all know that there will be cavern failures there for years to come now that the geanie is out and fresh water is allowed to eat away at the failing saltdome. Best dam it off now while they can still build one. Read my LIPS!!!!!!
    A R M Y C O R P S O F E N G I N E E R S!!!!!
    Or the other option is to go ahead and let it finish off the gulf of mexico for good. Oh yeah and everything in between the 2.

  • razzz razzz

    When they say OXY #1 is in no danger, what they mean is OXY 1 will be affected soon by OXY #3's collapse and erosion just not today. Ending up with twin sinkholes in the near future.