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huge sinkhole in tx right now

 
Anonymous Coward
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huge sinkhole in tx right now
is anybody watching this footage? the thing is massive and still breaking down
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Re: huge sinkhole in tx right now
huge propane tank about ready to fall in
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05/07/2008 04:44 PM
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Re: huge sinkhole in tx right now
live footage

[link to www.click2houston.com]
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Re: huge sinkhole in tx right now
What tv. ch. you watching?
and where in texas is the hole?
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05/07/2008 04:46 PM
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They just showed a large bubbling area in the water, they don't know what's causing it ....between Houston and Beaumont
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05/07/2008 04:49 PM
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Re: huge sinkhole in tx right now
It looks like it's gonna be a lake!
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watching it now gobsmacked.
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...and up from the ground came a bubblin crude...oil that is.!! Must be drilling - that was definately oil bubbling up with the water - you could see the dark oily thick oil on top. Wow....
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05/07/2008 04:53 PM
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op...your link doesn't work.
any other link?
tx!
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05/07/2008 04:55 PM
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got it..thanks!
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05/07/2008 04:58 PM
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Re: huge sinkhole in tx right now
huge is right! from article..

'The sinkhole, which is described as at least 100 yards wide...'
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Re: huge sinkhole in tx right now
just when it starts to get amazing to watch, there is not ONE single channel showing it all of the sudden ... and I cannot get the link to show it. (maybe we dont want the world to know we still have some oil left.)
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live feed seems to be over, hmm.
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bsflag
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unhappy
that's a huge sinkhole. i wonder if the zetas of nancy
are right. volcanoes erupting at the same time, (hawaii and chile) earthquakes (japan), tidal waves and killer storm in burma and now this sinkhole in texas...what will be next?
the earth's plates must be really stretching.
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Whats with the BS flag???
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05/07/2008 05:11 PM
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Re: huge sinkhole in tx right now
weird how the coverage just stopped like that, and these pics arent nothing compared to that live footage

DAISETTA, Texas -- A sinkhole the size of two football fields [link to www.khou.com]
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05/07/2008 05:19 PM
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sinkholes, earthquakes, rumblings in D.C. and Illinois, they're up to something underground!!!
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05/07/2008 05:21 PM
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[link to www.khou.com]

WOW that is right underneath that tank facility, be they chemicals or oil, that is going to be one hell of a mess when it all falls through.
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05/07/2008 05:23 PM
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huge propane tank about ready to fall in
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Murphy's Law
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Did you all see the thread about earthquakes in Japan?
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05/07/2008 05:32 PM
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...I wish the 24/7 unending soap opera of politics stop for just ONE MINUTE! - I want sinkhole DOOOOOOM !
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Re: huge sinkhole in tx right now
You'll see more. When there's drought the water tables under the surface are depleted and collapse.
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hiding
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any chance this is next to bubba's ranch? It may be the gates of hell opening for him....
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Re: huge sinkhole in tx right now
slideshow

[link to www.khou.com]


Liberty County, eh?
Rings a bell?
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I don't know why link won't work
try this one
[link to www.khou.com]
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Re: huge sinkhole in tx right now
that's a huge sinkhole. i wonder if the zetas of nancy
are right. volcanoes erupting at the same time, (hawaii and chile) earthquakes (japan), tidal waves and killer storm in burma and now this sinkhole in texas...what will be next?
the earth's plates must be really stretching.
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yea bro u said it. definite earth changes we cant ignore back 2 back around the world. somethings goin on deep down inside. not good. she said this is 3 out of 10 its gona go to 6 out of 10 by the end of the year. live it up now. make sure u love every1 and b good.
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See Map at link below


On Shaky Ground: Geological Faults Threaten Houston

ScienceDaily (Apr. 29, 2008) — After finding more than 300 surface faults in Harris County, a University of Houston geologist now has information that could be vitally useful to the region's builders and city planners.

This information -- the most accurate and comprehensive of its kind -- was discovered by Shuhab Khan, assistant professor of geology, and Richard Engelkemeir, a geology Ph.D. student, using advanced radar-like laser technology. Although geologists have long known of the existence of faults in Southeast Texas, only recently have UH researchers produced a comprehensive map pinpointing the locations of the faults.

While the ground moving beneath Houstonians feet is not felt at the magnitude of recent earthquakes in San Antonio and Illinois, this shaky ground could mean trouble for buildings, roads and pipelines located on one of these hundreds of faults traversing the region's surface.

"These shifting fault lines originated millions of years ago during the formation of the Gulf of Mexico," Khan said. "While they are not the kinds that wreak havoc in earthquake-prone California and now the Midwest, they can move up to 1 inch a year, causing serious damage over the course of several years to buildings and streets that straddle a fault line. Additionally, structures on the subsiding side of the fault line could be more susceptible to flooding due to the lower elevation over time."

Khan and Engelkemeir recently presented their findings in Geosphere, a bimonthly online-only journal published by the Geological Society of America that highlights research results from all fields of the geosciences. They began by looking at data compiled during a 2001 study funded by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and the Harris County Flood Control District. That year, Tropical Storm Allison dumped nearly 40 inches of rain on the Houston area during the course of five days, causing nearly two dozen deaths and billions of dollars in property damage.

To update floodplain maps, FEMA and the flood district employed lidar technology -- the optical analog of radar meaning 'light detection and ranging' -- to survey the topography and elevation of the county. From an aircraft flying overhead, laser beams were directed toward the ground. The time between the laser beam pulse and the return reflection from any given point on the ground was used to determine the distance between the instrument and that point on the surface. Buildings and vegetation were then removed from the model to produce a map that recorded even the most subtle surface elevation differences.

Khan and Engelkemeir pored over the data, refining the grids to identify the more than 300 faults. Many were associated with the salt domes in the southeast part of the county. Others were located in the northwest portion of the county near highways Texas 6 and I-10, where there is ongoing subsidence, or sinking, of the ground.

During the summer of 2005, Engelkemeir personally visited about 50 of the faults he located with the lidar data, looking for signs of deformation and displacement where the land on one side of the fault was rising over the other. At many of the faults, he saw cracks in street pavements, with residents living nearby reporting foundation problems. At one home there was about a yard of displacement between the garage and the house. At another site, a building had been so damaged by ground shifts it was condemned.

Geologists are still studying what causes fault movements and the resulting subsidence in the region, with some attributing it to land-use practices such as groundwater and petroleum withdrawal, Engelkemeir said.
Khan is now turning his attention to Fort Bend County. Using lidar data, Cecilia Ramirez, a master's student working under Khan, has found one potential fault near the Brazos River levee.

"By knowing the location of surface faults, builders and government planners will be able to avoid those areas or accommodate potential ground shifts in their construction plans," Khan said. "And we must still keep in mind that while lidar has allowed us to identify previously unmapped faults, there still might be faults in the region that have yet to be located."

Khan has given numerous talks on this work at both scientific meetings for a number of geological and petroleum organizations, as well as at more general meetings attended by the city of Houston and other local and state agencies.


Adapted from materials provided by University of Houston, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.


[link to www.sciencedaily.com]


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Is45

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My brother is a NASA scientist.
His lab is in Houston.

I emailed him the article above
about Houston's faults and here
was his response:


These are slow moving "faults" caused by compaction and settling of the clay. They have been known for decades. We have two or three across Clear Lake. In earlier years they were accelerated by pumping out underground water. But now that Houston is on mostly surface water, they have slowed.


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