Bayou Corne Sinkhole

In Spring of 2012, Louisiana's Corne and Grand Bayou residents noticed strange bubbling in the bayou for many weeks, and they reported smelling burnt diesel fuel and sulfur. Suddenly a sinkhole the size of three football fields appeared on Aug. 3, swallowing scores of 100-foot tall cypress trees. The sinkhole resulted from the failure of Texas Brine Company's abandoned underground brine cavern. The Department of Natural Resources issued a Declaration of Emergency on Aug. 6, and 150 families were evacuated. For more maps, diagrams and additional information, please see the other installments in this series.


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1 Article 08/03/2014 Relentless Two-Year-Old Sinkhole Still Swallowing the Bayou
2 Quicklink 04/25/2014 That Sinking Feeling: NASA Analyzes Bayou Corne Sinkhole
3 Quicklink 09/26/2013 Ground Gives Way, and a Louisiana Town Struggles to Find Its Footing
4 Quicklink 08/28/2013 An Environmental Activist-Gramma Who Fights Goliath and Wins 1 
5 Quicklink 06/06/2013 Bayou Corne Sinkhole Disaster: 15-Acre-Wide Louisiana Sinkhole Swallows Berm
6 Quicklink 05/22/2013 Court approves sinkhole class-action suit
7 Quicklink 04/27/2013 Sinkhole bills clear Louisiana Natural Resources committee
8 Quicklink 03/13/2013 Erin Brockovich takes on Bayou Corne Sinkhole Case
9 Quicklink 08/12/2012 Sinkhole: H-Bomb explosion equivalent in SE Louisiana possible 10 
10 Article 08/17/2012 Does Sudden Sinkhole Portend a Nuclear-sized Explosion? 31 
11 Article 03/13/2013 Over 90 "Micro" Earthquakes Overnight at the Bayou Corne Sinkhole 8 
12 Article 03/27/2013 Bayou Corne Sinkhole Swallows 25 More Trees 7 
13 Article 03/28/2013 Bayou Sinkhole Update: Increased Seismic Activity, Access Ramp Caves In 11 
14 Article 04/04/2013 Sinkhole Update: Explosive Gases Found in Adjacent Residences 6 
15 Article 04/12/2013 Experts Called in to Tackle Bayou Sinkhole Devastation 2 
16 Article 04/20/2013 Haunting Video Shows Trees Descending into Bayou Corne Sinkhole 4 
17 Article 05/08/2013 Bayou Corne Sinkhole: Micro-Earthquake Activity Halts Work
18 Article 06/04/2013 Berm Collapses at Expanding Bayou Corne Sinkhole (Update) 2 
19 Article 06/06/2013 Residents Run From Risks as Bayou Corne Sinkhole's Protective Berm Sinks
20 Article 08/21/2013 Relentless Bayou Corne Sinkhole Nearly 30 Times Original Size (UPDATED with Cave-In Video) 10 
21 Article 08/26/2012 Dangerous Levels of Radium at Corne Bayou Sinkhole 2 
22 Article 09/29/2012 Mysterious Bayou Sinkhole Continues to Cave In: Radiation, Hydrocarbons Detected 15 
23 Article 10/30/2012 Alarming Sinkhole Continues to Cave In: Seismic Activity, Odors, Health Symptoms Reported 4 
24 Article 11/02/2012 Bayou Sinkhole Site Update: Flammable Tap Water 9 
25 Article 01/19/2013 Sudden Seismic Activity in Louisiana Bayou: Sinkhole Burps, Pad Cracks, Police Copter Arrives UPDATED 5 
26 Article 01/20/2013 Gov. Jindal Ignores Sinkhole Disaster; Activists & Scientists Demand Assistance for Traumatized Residents 5 
27 Article 01/22/2013 Just Released: Wildly Bubbling Gases Near Catastrophic Louisiana Sinkhole 22 
28 Article 02/13/2013 Nightmare Sinkhole Out of Control, Cave-ins Continue at Bayou Corne 15