Hey all you members of the OT's elite Department of Science and Engineering, Research and Investigation Division - There's a major, unique environmental anomaly in progress in Louisiana. I expect to learn more here than I do watching the national news. I saw the thread about the boat getting swallowed
, but I doubt that discussion would've shed any light on stuff like this... Image: http://www.rumormillnews.com/pix3/sinkhole_map.png
Are massive sinkholes something we should be able to see coming in advance?
It seems the "bubbling" is considered harmless and has been thoroughly studied and, if they are known to be an indicator of something, they are monitored accordingly.
Apparently there were tremors, which are high on the list of "Potentially Massive Sinkhole Warning Signs", happening for about 3 months before this thing started sucking down trees. Now it's big and getting bigger (and deeper).
From the story on CNN.com on August 10, 2012
Measurements taken early this week showed the hole measured 324 feet in diameter and is 50 feet deep, but in one corner it goes down 422 feet, said John Boudreaux, director of the Office of Homeland Security in Assumption Parish, about 30 miles south of Baton Rouge. The hole, which has swallowed 100-foot-tall cypress trees, has since grown another 10 to 20 feet.
The sinkhole appeared August 3, more than two months after local residents started noticing bubbles in the water. The bubbles grew in number and frequency, and in some spots they made the bayou look like a boiling crawfish pot, said Dennis Landry, who owns guest cabins about half a mile from the hole.
It still hasn't been determined what the catalyst was or if any business/industry played a part in it's formation. That investigation is secondary to assessing its current state and figuring out how to keep it from getting any bigger. Image: http://cdn.malaysiandigest.com/images/images/Mysterious_Sinkhole.jpg
As meauxjeaux2 mentioned in the other thread when pointing out the boom in this image - There are factors in play that are way beyond a salt dome collapse.
From the story on CNN.com yesterday (August 17) following the Boat Workers' Rescue
The situation is all the more worrisome because the hole is believed to be close to a well containing 1.5 million barrels of butane, a volatile liquid that turns into a flammable vapor upon release.
How close is close? Try 1500 feet. Yikes.
And then there's this:
I'll admit I don't have the specific knowledge to determine if the guy interviewed in this article is credible or if the reporter was blowing things out of proportion or not, but it's a good read.: Louisiana sinkhole local sheds light inside mystery disaster area
There are many types of industrial caverns that are approved for disposal of hazardous materials once they are no longer in use. Apparently Texas Brine was one of them At least one resident near the sinkhole will be sharing his backyard with a decontamination unit while waiting for the results of radioactivity testing.
“I know in 1995, they had permission to pump radioactive material into Texas Brine’s cavern. Yeah, it’s radioactive, but if handled and disposed correctly, it’s not so bad. I guess it’s better done there than anywhere else.
‘Twenty cubic feet was pumped in there,’ is what we were told. It was dropped down 3800 feet. Maybe it seemed a good safe place to put it then, but I don’t know now.”
I want the scoop on this thing.
More backstory: History of Gov't. Documented Industrial Activity and a Recent Study of Seismic Activity
This post was edited on 8/19 at 4:27 am