Another Russian Sinkhole + News

It is pretty far away from the previous ones ….

The Watchers

Giant sinkhole opens in Novokuznetsk region of Siberia, Russia

A giant sinkhole has appeared in Siberia’s Novokuznetsk region recently, some 3 500 km from other craters found in Arctic Russia in recent months. The new crater measures around 20 meters in diameter and around 25 to 30 meters in depth.

. . .  Observation from space revealed the dramatic mushrooming of the holes, believed to be caused by methane gas eruptions in melting permafrost due to climate change, scientists revealed today. A leading Russian expert sounded an alert over safety because one new Siberian crater, surrounded by at least 20 ‘baby holes’, is just six miles from a major gas production plant. 

PHOTOS of it from The Siberian Times

This has video of the nearby landslide there recently – Watch This Slow-Moving Landslide Devour a Russian Road

Earlier posts on Russian craters – 1, 2

UPDATE, April 29
Gigantic 100-metre sinkhole leaves Ukrainian villagers terrified after reports it has swallowed up homes and looks likely to get even BIGGER

. . . hope is isn’t related to thisWarming Climate May Release Massive Carbon Storehouse from Arctic Soils

NEWS

The AdvocateNew safety rules since massive sinkhole prevent Texas Brine from expanding salt cavern operation; company files suit against Dow   DOW1

A 29-year-old Dow Chemical Co. salt cavern sits so close to Texas Brine’s property that new state safety regulations — created after the 2012 Bayou Corne sinkhole disaster — now prevent the Houston company from mining any new caverns on its property, a federal lawsuit alleges.

Texas Brine Co. has sued Dow and a local land company over the Dow cavern carved from the Napoleonville salt dome in Assumption Parish.

“Dow is obligated to (Texas Brine) for the value of the salt that (Texas Brine) can no longer mine, or ‘dead salt,’” the suit claims. . . .  (more)

Dow map

2013 item: Dow’s Toxic Stew Near Bayou Corne –  (not the same property)

State Seismologist says Oklahoma earthquakes are ‘very likely’ caused by oil and gas disposal wells

The Oklahoma state seismologist said disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry are ‘very likely’ responsible for the recent surge of earthquakes in Oklahoma at the recent Oklahoma Geological Survey.  < – links to report

NY TimesThe Gulf, Still at Risk

Environmentalists Warn That Gulf Oil Spill Recovery Could Be a Mirage

NOTE: See comments for Lake FUBAR agitation bits

Yellowston Updated

Weekend News + Another Russian “Crater”

SATURDAY
fluid

There was almost a half hour of fluid movement at Lake FUBAR at 4 a.m. Saturday morning. LA18 shows it. There was 3.8 quake in OK but it was at 3:39 a.m.. It is unlikely (???) that it took 21 minutes to reach Lake FUBAR. It did the same thing just before 8 a.m.. Slosh, slosh!

Jec points out it may be from this Mexican volcano that is active.
Scroll down for the map of the monitor locations and all the chaos there this week.

Up in New York sate – they have a problem –
Upstate New Yorkers fear gas caves could blow wine, tourism industries

In Watkins Glenn — an idyllic part of upstate New York best known for its Finger Lakes, fall foliage and wine — activists worry it could soon be known for something less appealing: industrial disaster.

Protesters in the area are engaging in civil disobedience to stop the expansion of a gas storage facility that stores fracked gas from Pennsylvania in old mined-out salt caves, claiming it presents a safety risk to local residents, an environmental danger to the Finger Lakes region and an economic threat to the area’s wine and tourism industries.

. . . . Activists say pressurizing the old salt caverns could cause salt and gas to seep into the lake and pollute the ground . . .

Weird news – Another Giant Sinkhole Opens Up in Russia < has photo

” . .  .  this hole is the result of a collapsing potash mine which left a chasm right in the middle of an abandoned mining town.”
earlier report on a Russia crater from July.

Nov. 14 item we missed – WBRZ – State plans precautionary detour near sinkhole

BAYOU CORNE – State leaders have a $10 million plan in place in case the Bayou Corne sinkhole expands near Louisiana Highway 70.

The sinkhole is about 1,000 feet from the highway right now. The majority of Bayou Corne residents parted ways after the sinkhole swallowed up 37 acres of land. The few residents who still call the area home want to protect what’s left.

SUNDAY

Something pretty bad happened at Lake FUBAR around 2:30 a.m. and has kept going.
LA12:

LA12_Nov23_2014

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FULL SIZE

Louisiana VoiceDu Pont files motion to block testimony about chemical leak violations in Ascension case 4 days after Texas plant deaths

“Attorneys for the E.I Du Pont have filed a motion in limine which seeks to block plaintiffs in the pending litigation against the Ascension Parish plant from citing reports of prior leaks and regulatory proceedings against DuPont “not related to the gas leaks” at the Burnside facility.

DuPont’s motion is particularly timely in that it was filed only four days after the deaths of four DuPont workers following a toxic gas release at a Du Pont plant in La Porte, Texas.”


Yellowston Updated

ANOTHER crater found in Siberia! Plus #3 Crater < UPDATED

Woah!

Strange Sounds –

Mystery Deepens Around Giant Siberian Sinkhole As Second Crater Is Discovered

Reindeer herders in Russia’s Far North have discovered yet another mysterious giant hole about 30 kilometers away from a similar one found days earlier.

Located in the permafrost of the subarctic Siberian region of Yamal, which means “end of the earth” in the local Nenets language, both craters appear to have been formed in recent years and have icy lakes at their bases. . .

Video of #2

Earlier post about crater #1

Strange Sounds mentions this –  Third giant hole: The Crater of Nosok

Here is a picture of a LAVA TUBE … but investigating scientists would already know about those.

UPDATE, Aug. 22

Washington PostScientists may have cracked the giant Siberian crater mystery

“It may be methane gas, released by the thawing of frozen ground.”

Crater Found in Russia – Updated

Don’t know what this thing is …. Russia:

Giant crater found in Siberia near ‘end of world’  < has video
“Video of the 260-foot-wide hole has caused such a stir in the region that a team of Russian scientists was due to arrive today to try to determine its origins….”

The Watchers –  Gigantic sinkhole opens up in Yamal Peninsula, northern Russia  < has Google Map

NBC- Deep Mystery: Theories Fly Over Giant Black Hole in Siberia < note they link to Lake FUBAR story at the bottom 😉

PHOTOS of what impact craters look like

Siberian crater is just one of many mysterious holes around the world

[snip] . . .  “the most likely cause put forward by scientists so far involves a buildup of an underground gas pocket that ignited. If it was formed through natural means, then that would point to a melting of permafrost or an enormous ice block, possibly caused by the recent warming of the Arctic region. However some suggest that it’s not coincidental that the area hosts one of the richest gas reservoirs in Russia, and possibly there was an ongoing buildup of underground gas until increasing pressure simply caused the ground to blow its top.”

“. . . . More recently at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, about an hour from Chicago, the sand dunes unexpectedly began acting like quicksand, forming holes. Park rangers were alerted last year July to these weird formations when a 6-year-old boy was climbing a dune that suddenly gave way and swallowed him up whole. After three hours of frantic rescue efforts, they managed to extract him from an 11-foot-deep cavern, and he fortunately survived.

Now researchers from Indiana Geological Survey and the local university are drilling core samples and using ground-penetrating radar to probe the dunes and map out their architecture, and have been finding more of these subsurface anomalies in the park. Scientists so far have been at a loss to explain their origins, but have found more of these openings and as a precaution they have kept the area closed to the public.”

“.. an ongoing buildup of underground gas…” Kind of like Bayou Corne?

PravdaGiant sinkhole in Russia’s north puzzles scientists

[ snip]  Russian scientists conducted a primary examination of the giant sinkhole in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District. The video of the bizarre hole on YouTube has received more than two million views in several days. As a result of the examination, the scientists concluded that the crater was of natural origin and did not appear either as a result of a manmade impact or the fall of a meteorite, the website of the regional government said.

There was no dangerous radiation detected on the site of the giant sinkhole. The scientists, who arrived to examine the sinkhole on the instructions of the regional governor Dmitry Kobylkin, said that the sinkhole appeared “as a result of a natural phenomenon, the nature of which is impossible to establish yet,” the report said.

“There is no terrestrial impact here, – Marina Leibman, a member of the scientific mission, chief researcher at the Institute of Earth’s Cryosphere said. – A careful examination showed that there was no trace of human presence on the site of the object. Assumptions about a hot meteorite are also groundless, otherwise, there would have been traces of charred rock,” the specialist said.

July 24 – 2nd Crater found in Siberia (!!)

2015 

Feb. 24 – Strange Sounds Is The Yamal Peninsula [Arctic area] Being Swallowed By Sinkholes? Dozens Of New Mysterious Craters Frighten Scientists

2016

Paul Beckwith says the craters are caused by methane –
Methane Warming At Least 34x Higher than CO2

LINK – http://youtu.be/R_IniMfZ9Ek