Louisiana sinkhole: Giant sinkhole expands to 526-feet and swallows a BOAT
The gaping hole now measures about 526-feet from northeast to southwest and 640-feet from northwest to southeast.
Governor’s Office of Emergency Preparedness spokesman Christina Stevens said scientists who looked at the site had anticipated the sinkhole to grow and believe its maximum size would get to 1400-ft across.
‘We haven’t got there yet but even at that size it would not be a threat to any homes,’ she said.
Dr. Madhurendu Kumar, director of the state Department of Natural Resources’ oil and gas division, said the sinkhole could have been caused by structural problems within the salt dome that sits underneath it.
The wall of salt between the brine cavern and the salt dome might be thinner than experts were led to believe, he said.
He said this sinkhole was unusual because it sits on the edge of the dome, when sinkholes normally sit right on top.