Officials: Code 2 alert announced for giant sinkhole — Increasing trend of micro-quakes — Indications of shifting in and below area

Published: May 3rd, 2013 at 7:34 pm ET


Title: 4:05 p.m. Advisory from the Office of Conservation
Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury
Date: May 3, 2013 at 5:05p ET

The Office of Conservation, in consultation with Assumption Parish Incident Command, is advising the public that the Oxy 3/sinkhole monitoring alert status has been raised to Code 2 – requiring all work directly on the sinkhole to cease until further notice. Seismic monitoring has detected an increasing trend of micro-earthquake (MEQ) activity in the area around the sinkhole and Oxy 3 over the past few days. Such activity has previously been noted as a likely indication of shifting and sloughing in the sinkhole and the area below it. The seismic activity is limited to the Oxy 3/sinkhole area, showing no indication of impact to the Oxy 1 area. Monitoring is constantly ongoing in the area and Conservation will advise the public of significant changes in subsurface conditions.

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Published: May 3rd, 2013 at 7:34 pm ET


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22 comments to Officials: Code 2 alert announced for giant sinkhole — Increasing trend of micro-quakes — Indications of shifting in and below area

  • razzz razzz

    Define 'shifting.'

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    I guess the sinkhole didn't like being referred to as the Settlement zone, decided to move a finger and make them flinch.

  • Lion76 Lion76

    maybe not so coincidentally (as with every time these sort of events are announced) my radiation monitoring for the day shows a slight elevation since around 7 a.m. I am 60 miles northeast of the sinkhole

  • fill er up

    something wicked this way blows?

  • WindorSolarPlease

    I have read there has been a code it's a code 2.. What do they consider is worse?

    Personally, I think all these codes mean – "Dangerous, Get Out".
    This can't be healthy for anyone.

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      I think the new code word for that is anticipated settlement. They wanted that part to fall in to help fill the hole. They are in control and will have months of warning before Oxy #1 swallows hwy 70. The sinkhole is not really 37.5 acres, it is only everything under 10 feet of water that counts.

  • harengus_acidophilus

    "Code 2 alert"

    It's a code, it's numbered, it's serious.



  • Wynd Wynd

    If this thing blows or melts or just splits up we may not need for Unit 4 at Fukushima to fall…or for the radioactive sludge at Hanford to find it's way into all the food chain. This mess at the salt domes is proof humans cannot be trusted with anything.
    They continue, as i type, to dump nightmares into the salt domes…check it out…they are dumping stuff into them right now…behind our backs…it could be the end of all life on earth but they just can't seem to think about that kind of thing.
    Everday, everywhere you look, BEHIND OUR BACKS!

    To see the players that keep the Wizard of Oz's curtain closed…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    What is Code 2?
    Are the people to prep..for self-evacuation?

  • irhologram

    Code 2 is work stoppage. CODE 3: Life-threat response. Emergency traffic, or simultaneous use of lights and siren required in order to achieve a rapid response. In most circumstances this does not allow the responding unit to ignore jurisdictional traffic laws or operate without due regard to safety. It does however give the authority to request the right-of-way from other vehicles on the roadway.

  • irhologram

    Code 7 is "out to lunch." No, really!

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    Can you imagine that it is really possible to build engines that need no fuel? They are likely to replace diesel engines of all sizes.

    Let's end fossil and radioactive fuels before they end us.

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

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  • jec jec

    No, Aftershock, you are not missing anything. There is really no plan for accidents. Just for observation and collection. GREAT just great if you are living there and concerned. I am sure if there is an accident, and people are hurt, the government will point to the "WEBSITE" saying you should have realized..its dangerous and to evacuate. The people of the area are depending on the LA government and local officals to notify/keep them the officals know that? Hope so. Best to all involved in this disaster..hope the sinkhole dies and goes away..but this hopeful feeling is pretty faint…


      sounds like you're in a bad mood jec. C'mon dude! It's Saturday! Time to get out there and dazzle some 'goils' at the corner pub. Along with the hangover and the "Oh My God!" that you discover sleeping next to you, the end of the world will be here to greet you in the morning, as well…

  • SwimsWithGators

    Water is running through the voids, eating away at the salt. There is an endless supply of water and a finite amount of salt. Do the math.

    Far underground, away from the salt dome or right next to the dome, the gas bearing sediments are being saturated with water. As the salt dissolves and the sediment becomes saturated and falls into the voids where the salt was, gasses are released and those gasses travel up the water column to the surface.

    The only thing left to do now is find a name for the new lake which is growing and growing. 'Salt Lake' is my fave.

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      That sounds about right. When the neighboring Oxy 1 collapses I think the severity of the damage will make people understand that.

  • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

    CBS Sunday covers the Bayou Corne Sinkhole and does a great job.