Eerie video shows the massive sinkhole as it swallows trees on Wednesday evening, sucking a tall clump of cypress trees into the swampland, where they simply vanish into the watery abyss.
The sinkhole hasn’t just swallowed trees — it covers 24 acres near Bayou Corne in Assumption Parish in Louisiana and is growing. And now, the sinkhole is threatening to swallow up more than just trees. Authorities have evacuated about 350 residents from Bayou Corne for fear their homes may be in danger.
The massive sinkhole actually emerged from the swamps in early August 2012, as the suspected result of a salt dome cavern failure deep underground months beforehand, according to the Advocate. The sinkhole has been growing ever since.
Wednesday’s dramatic video as the sinkhole swallowed trees, a process called a slough-in by Parish authorities, highlights the swampy hole’s continued movement after a period of dormancy. The collapse of the trees into the sinkhole was because the sinkhole experienced increased underground tremors and related stirrings of gas and debris known as “burps,” officials said. Scientists have said that the tree-eating sinkhole could continue to expand and form for years.
Assumption Parish authorities are monitoring the status of the sinkhole and posting updates online. The site also shows a map of the area surrounding the sinkhole.