“home of one of the largest sinkhole disasters in the world”
What was once a 12-foot-deep freshwater lake became a 1,300-foot-deep saltwater lake after a disastrous turn of events in 1980. A team of 12 men drilling for oil accidentally tapped into an underground salt mine; by doing this they created a deadly vortex that sucked in two drilling rig platforms, a barge loading dock, 70 acres of soil, trees, trucks, and a parking lot. The force that dragged everything down was strong enough to reverse the flow of a 12-mile-long canal and also suck in 11 barges.
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