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.

Bayou Corne Sinkhole by On Wings of Care
Bayou Corne Sinkhole by On Wings of Care
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# Type Date Content
1 Article 08/17/2012 Does Sudden Sinkhole Portend a Nuclear-sized Explosion?  (View Stats) 31 31 Comment Count
2 Article 01/22/2013 Just Released: Wildly Bubbling Gases Near Catastrophic Louisiana Sinkhole  (View Stats) 22 22 Comment Count
3 Article 07/21/2016 The Never-Ending Louisiana Sinkhole: Update  (View Stats) 16 16 Comment Count
4 Article 02/13/2013 Nightmare Sinkhole Out of Control, Cave-ins Continue at Bayou Corne  (View Stats) 15 15 Comment Count
5 Article 09/29/2012 Mysterious Bayou Sinkhole Continues to Cave In: Radiation, Hydrocarbons Detected  (View Stats) 15 15 Comment Count
6 Article 03/28/2013 Bayou Sinkhole Update: Increased Seismic Activity, Access Ramp Caves In  (View Stats) 11 11 Comment Count
7 Article 08/21/2013 Relentless Bayou Corne Sinkhole Nearly 30 Times Original Size (UPDATED with Cave-In Video)  (View Stats) 10 10 Comment Count
8 Quicklink 08/12/2012 Sinkhole: H-Bomb explosion equivalent in SE Louisiana possible  (View Stats) 10 10 Comment Count
9 Article 11/02/2012 Bayou Sinkhole Site Update: Flammable Tap Water  (View Stats) 9 9 Comment Count
10 Article 03/13/2013 Over 90 "Micro" Earthquakes Overnight at the Bayou Corne Sinkhole  (View Stats) 8 8 Comment Count
11 Article 08/09/2015 Bayou Corne Sinkhole Still Swallowing Louisiana 3 Years Later  (View Stats) 8 8 Comment Count
12 Article 03/27/2013 Bayou Corne Sinkhole Swallows 25 More Trees  (View Stats) 7 7 Comment Count
13 Article 04/04/2013 Sinkhole Update: Explosive Gases Found in Adjacent Residences  (View Stats) 6 6 Comment Count
14 Article 01/20/2013 Gov. Jindal Ignores Sinkhole Disaster; Activists & Scientists Demand Assistance for Traumatized Residents  (View Stats) 5 5 Comment Count
15 Article 01/19/2013 Sudden Seismic Activity in Louisiana Bayou: Sinkhole Burps, Pad Cracks, Police Copter Arrives UPDATED  (View Stats) 5 5 Comment Count
16 Article 10/30/2012 Alarming Sinkhole Continues to Cave In: Seismic Activity, Odors, Health Symptoms Reported  (View Stats) 4 4 Comment Count
17 Article 04/20/2013 Haunting Video Shows Trees Descending into Bayou Corne Sinkhole  (View Stats) 4 4 Comment Count
18 Article 08/26/2012 Dangerous Levels of Radium at Corne Bayou Sinkhole  (View Stats) 2 2 Comment Count
19 Article 06/04/2013 Berm Collapses at Expanding Bayou Corne Sinkhole (Update)  (View Stats) 2 2 Comment Count
20 Article 04/12/2013 Experts Called in to Tackle Bayou Sinkhole Devastation  (View Stats) 2 2 Comment Count
21 Quicklink 08/28/2013 An Environmental Activist-Gramma Who Fights Goliath and Wins  (View Stats) 1 1 Comment Count
22 Article 06/06/2013 Residents Run From Risks as Bayou Corne Sinkhole's Protective Berm Sinks  (View Stats)
23 Article 05/08/2013 Bayou Corne Sinkhole: Micro-Earthquake Activity Halts Work  (View Stats)
24 Quicklink 03/13/2013 Erin Brockovich takes on Bayou Corne Sinkhole Case  (View Stats)
25 Quicklink 04/27/2013 Sinkhole bills clear Louisiana Natural Resources committee  (View Stats)
26 Quicklink 05/22/2013 Court approves sinkhole class-action suit  (View Stats)
27 Quicklink 06/06/2013 Bayou Corne Sinkhole Disaster: 15-Acre-Wide Louisiana Sinkhole Swallows Berm  (View Stats)
28 Quicklink 09/26/2013 Ground Gives Way, and a Louisiana Town Struggles to Find Its Footing  (View Stats)
29 Quicklink 04/25/2014 That Sinking Feeling: NASA Analyzes Bayou Corne Sinkhole  (View Stats)
30 Article 08/03/2014 Relentless Two-Year-Old Sinkhole Still Swallowing the Bayou  (View Stats)