A gigantic sinkhole of more than 500 square meters collapsed in a loud booming noise just outside the Ponticelli Ospedale del Mare in eastern Naples at dawn on January 8, 2021.
The giant crater swallowed up several cars that were parked in front of the health center.
Meanwhile, the hospital has been evacuated.
Luckily, the search and rescue teams didn’t find any people in the chasm.
The blast was initially suspected to have been caused deliberately. Firefighters quickly ruled this cause and determined the blast was due to an underground explosion of a gas or oxygen pipe.
It is not yet clear whether an explosion caused the sinkhole to appear, or vice versa.
🔴 #Napoli, prosegue l’intervento dei #vigilidelfuoco nel parcheggio dell'Ospedale del Mare per escludere la presenza di persone coinvolte nella #voragine che si è aperta stamattina intorno alle 7. Sul posto i nuclei cinofili [#8gennaio 9:30] pic.twitter.com/ybfpwJKfAU— Vigili del Fuoco (@emergenzavvf) January 8, 2021
In 2019, another giant sinkhole swallowed up a garbage truck in Naples.
A year before, a entire road in Rome collapsed swallowing several cars too.