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Tremor reported at Bayou Corne sinkhole

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Posted: Oct 25, 2012 1:46 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2012 1:46 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: bayou corne, assumption, parish, sinkhole, texas brine, tremor, seismic, activity, brine, cavern

BAYOU CORNE - Authorities in Assumption Parish reported seismic activity happened this week near the large sinkhole on property owned by Texas Brine.

The parish police jury said U. S. Geological Survey monitors recorded a sharp tremor around 9:06 p.m. Tuesday night near one of the company's caverns.

After drilling an observation well near the sinkhole site Texas Brine said their tests determined seismic activity damaged the brine cavern, which caused the sinkhole to form.

Parish authorities said they felt that assessment was premature, and called for more testing of their findings.

The sinkhole forced hundreds in the nearby Bayou Corne community to evacuate. Texas Brine is offering weekly payments to those evacuated because of the sinkhole.

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