Local News: Reports of mysterious loud earthquakes flooding in to Louisiana towns — “Of course the sinkhole comes to mind” — Dozens of miles away — So rare, no seismic monitors in area
Source: Daily Comet
Author: Xerxes A. Wilson
Date: October 4, 2012 at 10:59p ET
Nobody quite knows what caused the ground in some parts of Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes to shake, but it certainly has people talking.
A little before 2 p.m. Wednesday, reports began flooding in to officials of tremors accompanied by a loud noise. [...]
Some people reported hearing a loud noise similar to thunder accompanying the rumbling. [...]
[USGS] had nothing to report, though its closest monitors are in Assumption Parish and extreme west Terrebonne [...]
Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Center, said there are not many seismic monitors in south Louisiana because there is rarely any such activity in the area. [...]
Discussion of Sinkhole
“Of course the sinkhole comes to mind,” said Raceland resident Lauren Matherne, who was sitting in her home with [sic] she felt the jolt.
Residents of the Assumption Parish community of Bayou Corne felt light tremors in the months leading up to the emergence of the 400 foot-wide sinkhole [...]
Though Lafourche and Terrebonne have similar brine caverns (Emphasis Added), Boudreaux said there is no reason to believe there are any similarities to the Bayou Corne situation.
“It’s just strange. Of course, we are all concerned about what caused it,” Matherne said.