The Lake Peigneur Sinkhole Disaster of 1980: When The Earth Swallowed a Lake

 Lake Peigneur Sinkhole

November 20, 1980, was a quiet day at Louisiana‘s Lake Peigneur, located about nine miles north of Vermilion Bay in the Gulf of Mexico, until a Texaco oil drill bit struck a large salt dome beneath the water, causing a cataclysmic disaster. Within three hours, a giant whirlpool formed and sucked in barges, buildings, trucks, a parking lot, and some of the surrounding botanical gardens.

What caused the catastrophic error and why did the lake disappear so fast?

Watch the video to learn step-by-step how the Lake Peigneur sinkhole disaster unfolded, the people involved, and its environmental impact.

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