Sinkhole Swallows Tree: Watch 25-acre Hole Destroy Area in Assumption Parish (VIDEO)
Aug 22, 2013 11:12 AM EDT
A sinkhole in Louisiana that opened up last August swallowed a considerable amount of tall cypress and continues to grow, according to The Advocate.
Located in Assumption Parish, the flourishing sinkhole absorbed the group of trees in less than a minute on Wednesday. A video was recorded by a local official and can be seen below.
Officials said the sizeable opening of the sinkhole was the result of periodic tremors underground and stirrings of gas and debris, known as "burps." The hole reportedly 25 acres in size at the surface with some sections plunging to more than 100 feet deep.
In early August of 2012, the sinkhole emerged after the collapse of a salt dome cavern underground from previous months, the Advocate reported. According to scientists, the growth of the sinkhole is expected as it determines its final shape and size -- a process that could take years.
"I was just standing there and I pointed out, 'Hey, it looks like they're moving. It looks like they're moving," said John Bordreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness told the Advocate.
Bordreaux, who recorded the video, said he was checking on the sinkhole on Wednesday due to the tremors, which have prevented work from continuing on the site.
He also said that before Wednesday's activity, the sinkhole had been experiencing a dormant period.
In the past few months, reports of sinkholes have been making headlines -- especially in Florida. Just two weeks ago, a sinkhole opened up near Disney World, swallowing parts of a luxury condominium complex and taking 30 percent of the building with it. Back in March, another sinkhole ruptured in Tampa, taking down a home and it's owner, Jeffrey Bush, with it.