Massive sinkhole swallows trees in Louisiana

TORONTO – A massive sinkhole opened up in Louisiana Wednesday, swallowing whole cypress trees in less than a minute.

The Assumption Parish sinkhole, near Bayou Corne, was captured on camera by a parish official shortly before 6 p.m.

The sinkhole originally opened up last August and continues to be active, with reoccurring “burps” or stirrings of gas and debris.

According to The Advocate, John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, was on scene monitoring a Code 3 burp, which indicates seismic activity.

“I was just standing there and I pointed out, ‘Hey, it looks like they’re moving. It looks like they’re moving,” he said.

The sinkhole forced the evacuation of close to 330 area residents in 2012.

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The land where the sinkhole is located is leased by Texas Brine, a mining company specializing in injection mining, according to Mother Jones.

The state of Louisiana launched a lawsuit against the landowner and mining company in July for damages caused by the sinkhole.

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