Growth of Daisetta sinkhole has stopped
At the time of this post (noon Pacific time, Fri 5/9), it appears the growth of a sinkhole in Daisetta, Texas has stopped. A recent news report states:
The massive sinkhole managed to swallow up oil tanks, barrels, tires, telephone poles and several vehicles after it began as a 20-foot hole in the ground on Wednesday. By Thursday, it had grown to 900 feet (275 m) across and 260 feet (80 m) deep. A geologist said late Thursday that it appeared the hole’s growth had stopped.
People are so curious about the feature that they’ve had to threaten arrest to trespassers and are now bringing small groups to view it.
At a press conference on Friday, … Liberty County Sheriff’s Department said that residents of Daisetta would be allowed to see the hole in groups of 25 in an attempt to stop the curious from wandering near the sight. [They] warned that people who try to get down to the sinkhole on their own, could be arrested.
I can’t lie … I’d like to go view the feature (from a safe vantage) just for the geologic experience.
The video below (from AP’s channel on YouTube is a short report summarizing the information I mention above:
Check out this report from May 10, 2008, which discusses possible causes:
A company that sits near the edge of a massive sinkhole in Southeast Texas has been accused of violating permits for disposal of saltwater, which some geologists suggest may have caused the crater.