November 20, 2013

Wiki Wednesday redux

We're gonna do this Wiki thing again just because I read the "on this day in" for today and I have to share. On this day in 1980, Lake Peigneur in Louisiana disappeared.
"An oil platform drilling accident caused Lake Peigneur in the U.S. state of Louisiana to drain into a salt mine underneath, creating a whirlpool that sucked down the lake's entire contents."
"The resultant whirlpool sucked in the drilling platform, eleven barges, many trees and 65 acres  of the surrounding terrain. So much water drained into those caverns that the flow of the Delcambre Canal that usually empties the lake into Vermilion Bay was reversed, making the canal a temporary inlet. This backflow created, for a few days, the tallest waterfall ever in the state of Louisiana, at 164 feet (50 m), as the lake refilled with salt water from the Delcambre Canal and Vermilion Bay. The water downflowing into the mine caverns displaced air which erupted as compressed air and then later as 400-foot geysers up through the mineshafts.
"There were no injuries and no human lives lost. All 55 employees in the mine at the time of the accident were able to escape thanks to well-planned and rehearsed evacuation drills, while the staff of the drilling rig fled the platform before it was sucked down into the new depths of the lake, and Leonce Viator, Jr. (a local fisherman) was able to drive his small boat to the shore and get out.Three dogs were reported killed, however. Days after the disaster, once the water pressure equalized, nine of the eleven sunken barges popped out of the whirlpool and refloated on the lake's surface."

How can you not love something that gives you this little bit of trivia?

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