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Huge sinkhole opens up outside Italian hospital

January 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A huge sinkhole, about 22,000 square feet across and 66 feet deep, swallowed several cars and forced the evacuation of a Covid ward after opening up in the parking lot of a hospital in southern Italy on Friday.

Rome (CNN)A huge sinkhole, about 22,000 square feet across and 66 feet deep, swallowed several cars and forced the evacuation of a Covid ward after opening up in the parking lot of a hospital in southern Italy on Friday.

The incident took place around 6:30 a. m. local time, according to the Ospedale del Mare hospital in Naples.

Various vehicles that were parked in the area plummeted into the chasm, the local fire brigade said.

As a result of the incident, the hospital evacuated six patients from an asymptomatic Covid ward.

There was also a water outage across the hospital, the press office said.

The Ospedale del Mare is where the closely watched Napoli 1 Covid Center was built using containers in a car park during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, which overwhelmed Italy's healthcare system,

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