Environs: Does Sudden Sinkhole Portend a Nuclear-sized Explosion?

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August 17, 2012

Does Sudden Sinkhole Portend a Nuclear-sized Explosion?

By Meryl Ann Butler

For many weeks, Corne and Grand Bayou residents warily noticed strange bubblings fron the watery depths, and they reported smelling burnt diesel fuel and sulfur. Then overnight, a sinkhole the size of three football fields appeared, swallowing scores of 100-foot tall cypress trees. The beginning of a Grade B monster flick? No: real life in Assumption Parish, Louisiana.

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Sinkhole, Aug 6. LEAN via SouthWings flight by Louisiana Environmental Action Network

Napoleonville, LA

For many weeks, Corne and Grand Bayou residents warily noticed strange bubblings from the watery depths, and they reported smelling burnt diesel fuel and sulfur. Then overnight, a sinkhole the size of three football fields appeared, swallowing scores of 100-foot tall cypress trees.

The beginning of a Grade B monster flick? No: real life in Assumption Parish, Louisiana.

Location of sinkhole, before and after it appeared. by Louisiana Environmental Action Network

The 372-foot diameter, 422-foot deep sinkhole is just 1200 feet from Highway 70. Quantities of diesel and oil appeared on the surface of the slurry, creating a stink. The mysterious bubbles in the bayou continue.

Bubbling Bayou by Assumption Parish Police Jury, used with permission

Bubbles in the bayou by Assumption Parish Police Jury, used with permission

A butane-filled well is located just 1500 feet from the sinkhole.  A breach could trigger an explosion. Scientists in an Examiner investigation, estimate that an explosion like this could be in the range of one-and-a-half B83 thermonuclear (hydrogen) bombs.

Corne Bayou Map: Sinkhole and surrounding area by Louisiana Environmental Action Network

Legend: Sinkhole at Corne Bayou by Louisiana Environmental Action Network

The Department of Natural Resources issued a Declaration of Emergency on Aug 6. Daily briefings were held, 150 families were evacuated. Acadian Ambulance Services have been staged at the site for emergency purposes.

Daily town meetings to address the problems by Assumption Parish Police Jury, used with permission

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