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Louisiana Sinkhole Swallows Grove of Trees in Epic Gulp: VIDEO


A massive sinkhole caused by the failure of a salt dome cavern owned by Texas Brine LLC (now the subject of a lawsuit by the state of Louisiana) has been under surveillance for more than a year and on Sunday a notable show of its power was caught on film as the hole completely gobbled a grove of trees.

WAFB reports:

Burps occur when air and gas from deep in the sinkhole bubbles up. It can cause debris to float to the top and, in the past, has caused more trees to be swallowed into the slurry. The monitoring and alert status has been heightened to Code 3, meaning the seismic activity has elevated to a point similar to what has been seen in past monitoring prior to a sloughing on the shore or movement beneath the sinkhole.

On August 18, about 25 trees were swallowed by the sinkhole in an area measured at 50' x 25'. The last burp and seismic activity was reported on August 8, 2013.


And a news broadcast on the big gulp:

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  1. Of course, this is also G-d's punishment for electing Bobby Jindal.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 22, 2013 9:26:18 AM

  2. Those yellow floating things look like some kind of oil clean up equipment. I wonder if there is some type of drilling going on there that caused the sink hole? Or an old oil well leaking? Probably a big cleanup nightmare of an oil accident.

    Posted by: Stephen | Aug 22, 2013 10:14:24 AM

  3. I see this sparking a new meme.

    Mr. Bayou, it looks like you've got something in your teeth. Um, yep. It's gone now.


    Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Oh, well never mindeth then.

    or going with Stephen's oil boom presumption.

    For f*ck's sake, humans. THIS is how you clean up an oil spill.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Aug 22, 2013 10:28:16 AM

  4. Stephen, ya might wanna READ the article ... sure would help.

    Posted by: Aaron Yeagle | Aug 22, 2013 10:31:21 AM

  5. When will Pat Robertson blame this on us (Gays)?

    And why are people standing about waiting for the earth to suck them in??? I would have been long gone.

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 22, 2013 10:36:12 AM

  6. Clearly "God" is punishing Louisiana, or something like that.

    Posted by: Sean | Aug 22, 2013 11:48:48 AM

  7. BUT jobs were created, and any environmental laws that protect the environment but kill jobs is EVIL!

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Aug 22, 2013 11:52:22 AM

  8. If those trees had guns, this would never have happened.

    Posted by: nola | Aug 22, 2013 11:59:44 AM

  9. The water is clearly gay... Look at how well it sucked and gobbled up all that wood. :)

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Aug 22, 2013 1:05:29 PM

  10. "Alright, who's the joker that loosened the cap on the salt cellar? Not funny guys."

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Aug 22, 2013 1:20:47 PM

  11. This is the roof of one of the largest salt mines in the US collapsing. Some of the chambers are filled with the US petroleum strategic reserve and it would be a disaster if they go.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 22, 2013 2:05:08 PM

  12. 10 points to NOLA!

    Posted by: DavidR | Aug 22, 2013 2:59:39 PM

  13. @EchtKultig: If that's what happens to Louisiana for electing Jindal, WTF will happen to Texas for re-electing Perry? TWICE.

    Posted by: OOPS! | Aug 24, 2013 5:16:11 PM

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