Sinkhole the size of 20 football pitches opens up in Louisiana… amid fears it could burst into flames as it fills up with GAS

Expanding: The Bayou Corne sinkhole covers 24 acres and has been sucking in trees and swamp

Expanding: The Bayou Corne sinkhole covers 24 acres and has been sucking in trees and swamp

(SOURCE)  A Louisiana sinkhole that has sucked in trees and swamps as it spread to the size of 20 football fields is now at risk of exploding.

Residents of Bayou Corne were evacuated a year ago when the sinkhole, which is emitting natural gases, opened up.

The gas exploration company that has been blamed for causing the problem after a mine collapsed, has resorted to digging relief wells to try to disperse the gas.

Louisiana state is suing Texas Brine as it tries to recoup $8 million used to deal with the sinkhole, including bringing in a team of scientists, according to The Verge.

While no homes have yet been sucked in, officials warn that the gases being emitted could ignite, which would leave the Louisiana swamp looking like ‘the gates of Hell’.

Explosive: Natural gas building up in the sinkhole could cause it to ignite like this one in Turkmenistan

Explosive: Natural gas building up in the sinkhole could cause it to ignite like this one in Turkmenistan

 In a similar case, a crater caused by Soviet geologists drilling in Turkmenistan in the 1970s has been a fiery pit for more than 40 years after the natural gases being released were lit.

The Louisiana sinkhole, which is expected to expand to 50 acres, is currently 25 acres wide and 350ft deep in some points. Methane bubbling up from it has also escaped into an aquifer.

Experts fear that if oil and gas rising to the surface became trapped it could build up in a crevice and then explode.

What lies beneath: Oil and natural gas surface at the sinkhole which opened up last year

What lies beneath: Oil and natural gas surface at the sinkhole which opened up last year

John Boudreaux, who is part of the parish’s emergency preparedness team, said about 6 million cubic feet of natural gas was trapped beneath the surface. He said only 5 per cent needed to get in the air for it to ignite.

Scientists are constantly monitoring the affected region and several weeks ago noticed a rise in micro-earthquake activity, from an average of 10 to 15 a day to 326 in one 24-hour period.

The sinkhole appeared overnight in August last year, when the wall of a salt mine 5,000ft underground collapsed, sucking in surrounding water and releasing gas.

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  3. Gordon, I want to share some thoughts on the events and conditions that seem only to go from bad to worse. These sinkholes are occurring on a global scale. One image that I saw of one in South America at a road intersection was absolutely horrifying since it seemed not to have a bottom (a bottomless pit) Florida now plagued with sinkholes on a continual basis. There was another house swallowed last week in a mammoth hole. What can be more perplexing than to have the very terra firma sink down and create a hole in the earth. I remember having to study world news events back in the mid-sixties for school class and never did we hear of sinkholes. Along with comets, astroids, typhoons, earthquakes (which will increase worldwide), tornados, crime and violence this world is becoming more and more hostile to civilized human life. For all the directions that I look, the one main focus that I keep clearly in view is the condition and treatment of Israel by the rest of the world (especially the U.S.) When God clearly tells us that Israel is the “Apple of His Eye” “and he who touches You touches the apple of His eye.” Psalm 122:6 tells us to pray for and seek peace for Jerusalem. It seems that as Israel is regarded by the world, so the world is regarded by nature. Israel is not the Jews land, it is God’s land, the Jewish nation is a separate and set apart nation from all others. Through Israel came the line of Messiah and so did Messiah come (although rejected and crucified) and will soon return again. Now, the view of Israel from Tehran is that it must be eliminated from the face of the earth and possibly with nuclear weapons to attempt it. So, as the world goes deeper and deeper into turmoil and calamity, God says the Apple of His eye is Israel and not to touch her. Today, we are finding out that our President wants to make Tehran even more capable to do harm to Israel through concessions, and negotiations of sanctions favorable to Iran. Let’s not despair, just means the final fulfillment of bible prophecy is coming to pass and the rapture of Christ’s Church is imminent (at any moment) to happen. Not hard to imagine what the world must have been like at the time of Noah, Even though the final calamity of flood came to destroy, those eight who belonged to God were safe in the ark, and as this world gets more dangerous, we; God’s church will be safe in Jesus.

  4. Yes I agree. This is all culminating towards the return of Jesus Christ. That’s what it is all about. I am merely a watchman on the wall.
    God Bless!

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