Giant sinkhole swallows hospital parking lot in Italy

  • 16 Jan - 22 Jan, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly
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A massive sinkhole opened in the parking lot of an Italian hospital, consuming multiple cars and forcing the temporary closure of a nearby residence for patients recovering from coronavirus. The 66-foot-deep, 21,527-square-foot sinkhole opened at dawn in the visitors' parking lot at the Hospital of the Sea in Naples. The hole swallowed three vehicles, as the parking lot was mostly empty at the time of the incident. No other injuries have been reported. While operations at the hospital were not affected due to backup systems, the nearby residence that was housing recovering covid-19 patients was reportedly forced to close because of interruptions to electricity and water systems. The six patients who were recovering at the residence have since been relocated. Chief firefighter Cmdr. Ennio Aquilino told Italian TV station SkyTG 24 that the sinkhole's cause may have been an infiltration of water underground following heavy rain. According to sources, the residence for recovering patients will reopen as soon as utilities are restored.