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Giant Louisiana sinkhole burps again, work ceased

Giant Louisiana sinkhole in Bayou Corne. Photo taken April 23, 2013  (Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury) Giant Louisiana sinkhole in Bayou Corne. Photo taken April 23, 2013 (Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury)
BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) -

Work near the giant sinkhole in south Louisiana was stopped Sunday due to increased tremors. A "burp" early Tuesday morning in the sinkhole means all work in and around the area is ceased until further notice.

According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury Blog, seismic monitors recorded a very long seismic signal at 3:24 a.m. and they're saying this is likely when the burp happened. There are no reports of a slough in or if debris was burped up Tuesday morning.

The sinkhole grew by three acres last month, bringing its total size to about 15 acres.

It has been nine months since hundreds living near the giant sinkhole were forced from their homes.

Bubbles were spotted in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou in June 2012. Two months later, the ground opened up and left a nine-acre sinkhole. Residents were evacuated and have been for the past seven months. Most affected residents began receiving weekly checks from Texas-Brine in the amount of $875 per week.

On March 13, Texas-Brine, the Houston based company that owns the salt dome that caused the sinkhole, announced it would begin assessing the homes and offering buyouts and settlements for the 350 people evacuated.

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