Massive sinkhole swallows several cars in grounds of Italian hospital

There were no reported injuries or casualties at the site on the outskirts of Naples

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A sinkhole measuring up to 20 metres deep and more than 2,000 square metres has opened up in the car park of a hospital on the outskirts of the southern Italian city of Naples, consuming several cars.

The incident occurred at dawn on Friday at the city's Ospedale del Mare. The Italian news agency ANA reported there were no injuries or casualties.

The sinkhole hit the electricity supply with the hospital currently being powered by generators. It is about 100 metres from the nearest hospital building and has led to the evacuation of the nearby Covid centre, according to media reports.

Police and firefighters were at the scene and  regional governor Vincenzo De Luca visited the site earlier this morning.

This gallery depicts the gaping hole and its knock-on effects.

A view of the large sinkhole that opened overnight in the parking of Ospedale del Mare hospital in Naples, Italy, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. A giant sinkhole opened Friday in the parking lot of a Naples hospital, forcing the temporary closure of a nearby residence for recovering coronavirus patients because the electricity was cut. (Alessandro Pone/LaPresse via AP)