” Bayou Corne, Louisiana: It was nearly 16 months ago that Dennis P. Landry and his wife, Pat, on a leisurely cruise in their Starcraft pontoon boat, first noticed a froth of bubbles issuing from the depths of Bayou Corne, an idyllic, cypress-draped stream that meanders through swampy southern Louisiana.
Just over two months later, in the pre-dawn blackness of August 3, 2012, the earth opened up — a voracious maw 100 metres across and hundreds of metres deep, swallowing 30-metre trees, guzzling water from adjacent swamps and belching methane from a thousand feet or more beneath the surface.
More than a year after it appeared, the Bayou Corne sinkhole is about 25 acres and still growing, almost as big as 20 football fields, lazily biting off chunks of forest and creeping hungrily toward an earthen berm built to contain its oily waters.”
” It has its own Facebook page and its own groupies, conspiracy theorists who insist the pit is somehow linked to the Gulf of Mexico 80 kilometres south and the earthquake-prone New Madrid fault 724 kilometres north.
It has confounded geologists who have struggled to explain this scar in the earth.
And it has split this unincorporated hamlet of about 300 people into two camps: the hopeful, like Mr Landry, who believe that things will eventually settle down, and the despairing, who have mostly fled or plan to, and blame their misery on state and corporate officials.”
What to say about sinkholes ? They are becoming more and more common and without any reasonable explanations that we know of . Manmade disasters in the making or natural phenomena ? A sign from God ?