Louisville zoo closes after SINKHOLE the size of a FOOTBALL FIELD forms just after M3.4 earthquake in Tennessee

Thursday, March 7, 2019
By Paul Martin

Mar 7, 2019

Officials are still determining what caused a massive sinkhole that was discovered Wednesday morning at the Louisville Zoo.

The zoo closed after the sinkhole was discovered around 8:30 a.m. near the park’s southwest corner, far from any animal exhibits. No animals or people were injured.

Officials estimated the sinkhole is about 50 yards wide and 85 yards long and possibly 50 feet deep – almost the size of a football field! But it’s “potentially larger or deeper” in some areas.

Officials had already closed the nearby Louisville Mega Cavern due to a 3.4 magnitude earthquake reported Tuesday about 33 miles northeast of Knoxville, Tennessee. It’s the cavern’s standard procedure to close if seismic activity is detected, said Charles Park, the cavern’s executive vice president.

Cause of ground collapse remains unknown

An engineer who inspected the area does not believe the sinkhole was caused by the earthquake because of the timing, Louisville Metro Emergency Services Director Jody Meiman said. The earthquake was reported around 4 p.m. Tuesday and officials believe the sinkhole formed between late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning.

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