Tremors detected at Assumption Parish sinkhole

All work has been ceased at the Bayou Corne sinkhole after monitoring systems detected tremors Friday morning, officials said Friday.

According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury website, the Office of Conservation and the Assumption Parish Incident Command detected elevated subsurface activity in the area around a massive 13-acre sinkhole.

Seismic monitoring also detected water movement in the slurry as well as increased bubbling on the western side of the sinkhole.

Experts say a brine cavern drilled into the underground Napoleonville salt dome may have caused the sinkhole after it collapsed. 350 residents in a nearby town have been evacuated as a result of the slurry area.

Gov. Bobby Jindal paid his first visit to the sinkhole Wednesday to meet with residents and reiterate plans to make the cavern’s owner pay damages and offer fair buyouts to residents looking to move.

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