Aug 23, 2013

Louisiana Sinkhole Trees

Louisiana Sinkhole Trees, If we were standing on the edge of a sinkhole when it suddenly issued a "burp" (yes, that's what they call an increase in underground tremors that move gas and debris) and swallowed a bunch of tall cypress trees, we suspect we'd run away — fast. Not the guy who shot this video. John Boudreaux, director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Assumption Parish, La., was checking on underground activity at the year-old, 24-acre, previously placid bayou sinkhole on Wednesday when he saw a patch of trees begin to sway and lean.

"I was just standing there and I pointed out, 'Hey, it looks like they're moving,'" he told Louisiana's The Advocate. So he turned on his camera and got the whole thing on video. The swampy sinkhole has been growing since early August, likely due to salt dome movement underground. In sections, the now nearly 25-acre sinkhole may be hundreds of feet deep, and it may not stop growing (as its edges collapse, or "slough in") for years. Terrifying, and strangely hypnotic.