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June 4, 2013

Berm Collapses at Expanding Bayou Corne Sinkhole (Update)

By Meryl Ann Butler

The Bayou Corne Sinkhole berm built to contain the toxic waters of the sinkhole, caved in today. A recent depth survey shows that the sinkhole is 174' deep.

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This update is the 17th article in this Opednews series about the Bayou Corne sinkhole.

BACKGROUND: 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 maps, diagrams and additional information, please see the sixteen previous installments in this series, listed at the end of this article.


Sinkhole berm sinks. by Assumption Parish Police Jury, used with permission


On June 4th the Assumption Parish Police Jury announced a new cave-in on the south side of the infamous Bayou Corne sinkhole. This includes approximately 400 to 500 feet of the berm which is now under water.


Sinkhole berm sinks. by Assumption Parish Police Jury, used with permission


The Police Jury notes, "the depth to the top of the berm is 3'9" at it's deepest point. Also, the trees on the Southwest side are showing signs of sinking, some up to 10' in depth."

A 2-minute flyover video taken on June 4 can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puv5wAtnwmY

A depth survey posted by the Police Jury on May 24 shows the deepest part of the sinkhole has a 174-foot depth. click here


US Capitol Building
(Image by Architect of the Capitol)
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US Capitol Building by Architect of the Capitol


In comparison, the Capitol building in Washington, DC,  is 289' in height. If it sat on the sinkhole's lowest level,  about two thirds of the Capitol building would be underwater, and only the top 115' would show.


Height/depth comparison (artist's conception, scale is approximate.)
(Image by Meryl Ann Butler)
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Height/depth comparison (artist's conception, scale is approximate.) by Meryl Ann Butler


The diameter of the Capitol rotunda measures 96 feet across. Recently calculated dimensions of sinkhole indicate that it is 975' x 840.'  Therefore approximately ten rotundas could fit across the diameter of the sinkhole.


Diameter comparison. (Artist's conception, scale is approximate)
(Image by Meryl Ann Butler)
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Diameter comparison. (Artist's conception, scale is approximate) by Meryl Ann Butler


The base photo of the sinkhole used for the Capitol comparison images is by On Wings of Care, used with kind permission. On Wings Of Care is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wildlife, wild habitat, and natural ecosystems, founded by Bonny Schumaker, Ph.D.

Previous articles in this series:
16.  Bayou Corne Sinkhole: Micro-Earthquake Activity Halts Work (May 8 2013)  click here

15. Haunting Video Shows Trees Descending into Bayou Corne Sinkhole (April 20, 2013.) click here

14. Experts Called in To Tackle Bayou Sinkhole Devastation (April 12, 2013.)  click here

13. Sinkhole Update: Explosive Gases Found in Adjacent Residences  (April 4, 2013) click here=164803&submit=Back

12. Bayou Sinkhole Update: Increased Seismic Activity, Access Ramp Caves In  (March 28, 2013) click here

11. Bayou Corne Sinkhole Swallows 25 More Trees (March 26, 2013) click here=164412&submit=Back

10. Over 90 "Micro" Earthquakes Overnight at the Bayou Corne Sinkhole (MAR. 13, 2013)  click here

9. Nightmare Sinkhole Out of Control,  Cave-ins Continue at Bayou Corne (Feb. 13, 2013) at click here

8. Just Released: Wildly Bubbling Gases Near Catastrophic Louisiana Sinkhole (Jan. 22, 2013) at click here

7. Gov. Jindal Ignores Sinkhole Disaster; Activists & Scientists Demand Assistance for Traumatized Residents (Jan. 20, 2013)  at click here

6. Sudden Seismic Activity in Louisiana Bayou: Sinkhole Burps, Pad Cracks, Police Copter Arrives UPDATED (Jan. 19, 2013) at  click here

5. Bayou Sinkhole Site Update: Flammable Tap Water (Nov. 2, 2012) at click here

4. Alarming Sinkhole Continues to Cave In: Seismic Activity, Odors, Health Symptoms Reported (Oct. 30, 2012) at click here

3. Mysterious Bayou Sinkhole Continues to Cave In: Radiation, Hydrocarbons Detected (Sept. 29, 2012) at click here

2. Dangerous Levels of Radium at Corne Bayou Sinkhole (Aug. 26, 2012)  at click here

1. Does Sudden Sinkhole Portend a Nuclear-sized Explosion? (Aug. 17, 2012) at click here.




Submitters Website: http://www.merylannbutler.com

Submitters Bio:

Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, 2013. In June, 2015, the combined views on her articles, diaries and quick link contributions topped one million. She was particularly happy that her article about Bree Newsome removing the Confederate flag was the one that put her past the million mark. Her art in a wide variety of media can be seen on her YouTube video, "Visionary Artist Meryl Ann Butler on Creativity and Joy" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcGs2r_66QE A NYC native, her response to 9-11 was to pen an invitation to healing through creativity, entitled, "90-Minute Quilts: 15+ Projects You Can Stitch in an Afternoon" (Krause 2006), which is a bestseller in the craft field. The sequel, MORE 90-Minute Quilts: 20+ Quick and Easy Projects With Triangles and Squares was released in April, 2011. Her popular video, How to Stitch a Quilt in 90 Minutes with Meryl Ann Butler can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrShGOQaJQ8 She has been active in a number of international, arts-related projects as a citizen diplomat, and was arts advisor to Baltimore's CIUSSR (Center for Improving US-Soviet Relations), 1987-89. She made two trips to the former USSR in 1987 and 1988 to speak to artists, craftpeople and fashion designers on the topic of utilizing the arts as a tool for global wellbeing. She created the historical "First US-Soviet Children's Peace Quilt Exchange Project" in 1987-88, which was the first time a reciprocal quilt was given to the US from the former USSR. Her artwork is in collections across the globe. Meryl Ann is a founding member of The Labyrinth Society and has been building labyrinths since 1992. She publishes an annual article about the topic on OpEdNews on World Labyrinth Day, the first Saturday in May. On Feb 11, 2017, Senior Editor Joan Brunwasser interviewed Meryl Ann in Pink Power: Sister March, Norfolk, VA at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Pink-Power-Sister-March--by-Joan-Brunwasser-Pussy-Hats-170212-681.html "Creativity and Healing: The Work of Meryl Ann Butler" by Burl Hall is at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Creativity-and-Healing--T-by-Burl-Hall-130414-18.html Burl and Merry Hall interviewed Meryl Ann on their BlogTalk radio show, "Envision This," at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this/2013/04/11/meryl-ann-butler-art-as-a-medicine-for-the-soul Archived articles www.opednews.com/author/author1820.html Older archived articles, from before May 2005 are here.

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