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Increased tremors once again halt work near sinkhole

(Source: Assumption Parish OEP) (Source: Assumption Parish OEP)
BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) -

Work near the giant sinkhole in south Louisiana was stopped Sunday due to increased tremors.

Officials reported the underground activity began increasing last Wednesday. Assumption Parish officials said the tremors are not strong enough to indicate further collapse.

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

This weekend marked the ninth month since hundreds living nearby 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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