A giant sinkhole (20-meter-deep (66ft), 2,000 sq meter (21,527 sq ft) has opened up in the car park of a hospital in Naples, Italy, on Friday. The sinkhole captured a few cars in the hospital’s visitors’ car park. The parking lot was mostly empty at the time of the incident. It’s believed the implosion could have been caused by an infiltration of water underground from the recent heavy rains. The early-morning hypothesis that it was an explosion has been dismissed. Operations at the Hospital of the Sea were not affected but nearby Italian residence for Covid-19 patients had to close temporarily because of electricity cuts. It would reopen within days, as soon as utilities are restored, according the regional governor. The six patients who were recovering at the residence have since been relocated.
Italian urban search and rescue workers with sniffer dogs, who were dispatched to make sure noone had been trapped in the hole, said there were no injuries. A sinkhole is a depression or hole in the ground caused by some form of collapse of the surface layer. Sinkholes may form gradually or suddenly, and are found worldwide.