International Experts: Gas and/or ‘fluid’ moving below giant Louisiana sinkhole suspected of causing new tremors

Published: November 24th, 2012 at 11:57 am ET
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Title: 1:50 p.m. Recent Seismic Monitoring
Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury
Date: Nov 23, 2012
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Analysis from Itasca Group on recent seismic monitoring that can be posted to Assumption blog to give information to public on latest evaluation –

Dr. Will Pettitt, Principal Geophysicist at Itasca Consulting Group, has reviewed the seismic data recorded overnight on November 20/21. Long-period seismic tremors and micro-earthquakes have been observed, similar to those defined previously by Dr. Steve Horton of CERI/USGS, and recorded mainly on station LA08 closest to the sinkhole. The long-period seismic tremors are postulated to be caused by gas and/or fluid movements through the rock collapse zone below the sinkhole on the edge of the salt dome. Micro-earthquakes of this nature are typically associated with small-scale rock movements, and again are believed to be occurring in the collapse zone. The source of both of these event types continues to be investigated by experts.

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