Giant sinkhole swallows trees in Assumption Parish, Louisiana

Since August 2012, a giant sinkhole belching oil and gas has been growing in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. Over 350 people have since been ordered to leave their homes. On August 21 2013, a further collapse at the edge of the hole caused a clump of trees to vanish in seconds.

The power of a Louisiana sinkhole nearly 24 acres in size was captured on camera Wednesday when the sinkhole swallowed up trees and land in just seconds.

The video was captured  by officials with the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness and posted on the parish’s blog.  The sinkhole sits in the middle of a heavily wooded space in Assumption Parish, which is about 50 miles south of Baton Rouge.

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The sinkhole was nearly 400 feet deep with a diameter of 372 feet when it first opened in August 2012.  The opening forced a mandatory evacuation order for about 150 residences of the parish’s nearly 24,000 residents for fear of potential radiation and explosions.

Officials described Wednesday’s sinkhole event as a “slough-in.” The parish has been posting regular updates on and videos of the sinkhole, including a “burp” earlier in the day Wednesday – caused by air and gas from deep in the sinkhole bubbling up –  that raised the code alert to level three, the highest level possible.

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