An Italian hospital remained back-up running on Sunday, two days after a giant hole in the car park forced it to close a COVID-19 patient recovery home.
Despite the interruption of electricity and water services, backup systems allowed continued care at the Sea Hospital in Naples, and firefighters said no one appeared to be infected. Provincial Governor Vincenzo de Luca said the headquarters would reopen after the facilities were fully restored.
The sinkhole, 66 feet deep and 21,527 feet wide, consumed three cars in the hospital’s visitor parking lot, most of which are empty, and also forced the transportation of six people who were recovering at the residence of COVID-19 patients.
“Frankly, we were also concerned about all facilities collapsing and that the hospital’s activity might be at risk,” said de Luca. “Alhamdulillah, this did not happen. We had a blackout, but the electricity has been restored and now we have no problem providing care.”
Chief Firefighter Cmdr. Inio Aquilino told Italian TV channel Sky TG24 that the implosion may have been caused by groundwater intrusion as a result of the recent heavy rains.
Sewers are often natural eventsAccording to the United States Geological Survey. It can be dramatic or happen over time. The US Geological Survey says it can also be “man-made” through construction and pumping of groundwater.
Although the 66-foot deep crater appears disastrous, it is only a fraction of the depth of the largest above-ground crater in the world. This stream is 2,100 feet deep and was discovered in 1994 in a Chinese province.
Contribution: The Associated Press.