MAMMOTH SINKHOLE FOUR FOOTBALL FIELDS WIDE DEVOURS SEVERAL ACRES AND HIGHWAY

A Giant Sinkhole has devoured several acres of land and part of an Ohio highway.The hole, estimated by the local fire chief to be the size of four football fields, swallowed up part of State Route 516 in Dover. The road will have to be closed for months while engineers determine the best way to make permanent repairs.”I’ve worked for ODOT sixteen years and I’ve never seen anything of this magnitude,” said Ohio Department of Transportation District 11 Director Lloyd McAdam. “It’s very unusual that something like this would happen.”Hank Rutkowski, a mechanical engineer who works only a few hundred yards from the sinkhole, says a man who works in the same building was just about to drive where the sinkhole was rapidly forming.”There was a car coming down this road right about at the end when it was still driveable,” Rutkowski said. “Mike started waving his arms to stop traffic. That person might have been lucky.”Engineers will continue inspecting the sinkhole and may eventually consider building a bridge over the affected area. ODOT’s McAdam predicted it would be until 2013 that permanent repairs would be made.”It’s going to be a while before the road is open because this is a significant fix, and we’re entering winter season where not a whole lot of construction can take place,” he said.

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FOOTBALL FIELD SIZE SINKHOLE

(Aug 11, 2012)  A massive 400-foot deep sinkhole that has opened up in a Louisiana bayou has swallowed all of the 100-foot trees in the surrounding area and led to mandatory evacuations. About 150 people have been ordered to leave their residences after the 400-sqaure-foot gaping Sinkhole opened in Assumption Parish amid fears of potential radiation leaks and natural gas explosions.

Enormous 400ft deep Louisiana sinkhole swallows 100ft tall trees and raises concerns of explosions and radiation leaks

  • Fears that low levels of radiation are being emitted from the sinkhole and residents are being asked to leave
  • Gas bubbles have been bubbling in the Louisiana bayou for weeks and residents have felt small tremors for years
  • Officials said on Friday it will be at least 40 days before they get definitive answers about an enormous sinkhole that opened up in Assumption Parish
  • Some residents have refused to leave their homes

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2186880/Louisiana-sinkhole-Enormous-400ft-deep-hole-swallows-100ft-tall-trees-raises-concerns-explosions.html#ixzz23KMCMeRY

A massive 400-foot deep sinkhole that has opened up in a Louisiana bayou has swallowed all of the 100-foot trees in the surrounding area and led to mandatory evacuations.

About 150 people have been ordered to leave their residences after the 400-sqaure-foot gaping hole opened in Assumption Parish amid fears of potential radiation leaks and natural gas explosions.

But despite the authorities enacting the mandatory evacuation, most people have decided to stay following allegations of a cover-up and industrial mis-management from the owners of a nearby salt cavern.

Diesel sheen is seen on the water in an aerial view of the sinkhole. State officials said on that small amounts of diesel hydrocarbons were found in swamp water where an acre of swampland liquefied over the last weekDiesel sheen is seen on the water in an aerial view of the sinkhole. State officials said on that small amounts of diesel hydrocarbons were found in swamp water where an acre of swampland liquefied over the last week

As state scientists monitored the toxicity of naturally occurring radiation at a slurry hole in Assumption Parish, residents said Thursday they were furious with their public state officials because they think they have been withholding information.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said the slurry hole near Bayou Corne is near areas that have been used for oil and gas exploration. Low levels of radioactivity may be remaining from Continue reading