It began with sinkholes. Two of them, gaping mouths to nowhere opening up as if to swallow the town of Wink, Texas. As they expanded, there were fears they might collide, morphing into one giant void and swallowing up the city. Now, an unprecedented study reveals Wink and its vast sinkholes are just a tiny part of a much bigger problem. . . .
Mary Greeley Reports –
It happened near San Antonio
LINK – http://youtu.be/5_m7eFhGbl0
Huge Sinkholes in Wink, Texas Engulfing Town – Exclusive Footage –
View starts after 9 min. –
LINK – http://youtu.be/4GiOxYc2LOI
Looks just like Lake FUBAR! 2 of them!
Texas: Giant unstable sinkholes are growing, could be on verge of catastrophic collapse
Two giant sinkholes in Texas are getting bigger and are at risk of collapsing – the effects of which could be “catastrophic”, scientists have warned. The sinkholes, found in the towns of Wink and Kermit, have been observed via satellite, and images indicate major changes could be underway.
The two sinkholes are currently a mile apart. The first one – Wink 1 – appeared in 1980, while the second – Wink 2 – opened up in 2002. They were caused by intense gas and oil extraction in the region from the 1920s to the 1960s. Wink 1 is currently 110m across, while Wink 2 can reach up to 270m. . . .
. . . . The team also found large areas of subsidence around the sinkholes, indicating more could appear in the future, or that they could collapse into one massive sinkhole. . . .(more + video, photos)
From the article:
The sinkholes are east of El Paso, Texas – MAP
Strange Sounds – Two infamous sinkholes are expanding and threatening residents of Wink and Kermit, Texas – has video
NewsWest 9 (April 16) Wink Sinkhole Growing, Sheriff Concerned About Public Safety
WAFB – Tyler sinkhole to cause delays
TYLER, TX (KLTV) – Workers have filled a massive sinkhole in Tyler tonight that trapped a car earlier this afternoon. It began as a two foot wide, three foot deep pothole, but grew to a six foot wide, eight foot deep, sinkhole.
Traffic was backed up for a block in both directions at the intersection of Front Street and Broadway Avenue in Tyler around four o’clock.
“When you go to cut into a road, in this part of town, once you get under the hot mix, you start cutting into the old brick streets, and you get the old concrete streets,” Larry Krantz, The Tyler Public Information Officer, said.
They continued to cut away at the sinkhole hoping to find solid ground amidst the soft depths. By 7p.m. they decided it was just too big and filled it. . . .
VIDEO – it started out so small (video) . . .
Tyler Texas is up near Dallas
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This 2008 sinkhole in a collapsed salt dome in Daisetta, Texas shows what happens when water meets salt dome.
- Description: Collapse sinkhole in a salt dome in Daisetta, Texas (September 2008). Salt is particularly susceptible to rapid dissolution causing large bowl-shaped sinkholes. Injection of fluids into this salt dome increased the dissolution of the salt causing a 60-foot deep sinkhole that covered several acres and destroyed many buildings.
- Location: Daisetta, TX, USA
LINK – http://youtu.be/3SWuxxMZzu0
2 football fields in size – 60 miles from Houston, Texas
Then it is 3 football fields in size!
LINK – http://youtu.be/lO4YuZJQ5Mg
Lots more and scary description of this rapid dome collapse – Houston Chronicle – Daisetta’s huge sinkhole draws state officials’ attention
“Daisetta sits above a salt dome. Salt water separated from crude oil taken from production wells is often disposed of in wells in the dome.”
Thanks to Freedomrox for story date – 😉
CNN i-Report –
Regulators Monitor Massive Sinkhole in Southeast Texas Town
Daisetta, Texas sinkhole
DAISETTA, Texas – Regulators continued monitoring a massive sinkhole which has swallowed up oil field equipment, poles and some vehicles since surfacing just outside the southeast Texas community of Daisetta. (story + PHOTO)