Officials: Giant sinkhole measures 550,000 cubic yards — Much more room to grow underground

Published: October 22nd, 2012 at 6:56 pm ET


Title: Officials: Math doesn’t work; end to evacuation is unclear
Source: The Advocate
Author: By David J. Mitchell
Date: Oct 22, 2012

The math isn’t adding up in Assumption Parish, and some parish officials are worried about what might be happening underground near a Bayou Corne area sinkhole.


Encompassing more than 4 acres on its surface and 449 feet deep, the funnel-shaped sinkhole has a volume of 550,000 cubic yards, according to the latest estimates from Texas Brine.


According to the accounting of Waguespack and Assumption Parish Homeland Security Director John Boudreaux, though, some 2.7 million cubic yards of displaced material — now inside the Texas Brine cavern — are not reflected in the brine-filled space of the sinkhole.


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Published: October 22nd, 2012 at 6:56 pm ET


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5 comments to Officials: Giant sinkhole measures 550,000 cubic yards — Much more room to grow underground

  • irhologram

    So help me out with this. They are saying 2.7 million cubic yards of earth that was displaced by the sink hole ISN'T in the salt dome under the sinkhole? Rabbit in the hat trick?

  • Usefulbreather

    What they are saying that given the current volume of land lost to the sinkhole 550,000 cubic yards, there is an additional 2.7 million cubic yards of material inside the cavern that is unaccounted for. This means that either the sinkhole could grow by another 2.7 million cubic yards or new sinkholes could form due to the pockets left behind by the transfer of this material into the cavern.

  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

    The sinkhole is not out of the woods yet.

  • markww markww

    Isn't this Dome 50 miles across?? and is leaking on the western edge.


  • markww markww

    I forgot could this be part of the Methane problem and spread inland like a under gound lake of frozen gas melting??

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    From Mexico to Florida and to Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico the USGS has been observing evidence of a rising Gulf Ocean Floor and potential Methane Gas Ignitions and Tsunamis that could eventually wipe out millions of unsuspecting Gulf Coast people. BP officials have been watching this evidence pile up. Government Officials may be remaining silent, by design