VIDEO: Giant sinkhole appears in Jerusalem

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Moment a huge sinkhole opens up and swallows three cars in Jerusalem hospital parking lot after highway tunnel collapses during construction

  • CCTV footage shows the moment when a giant sinkhole appears in Jerusalem, Israel
  • Seven fire trucks and a specialized rescue unit rushed to the scene of the incident
  • Fortunately, no one was injured in the dramatic incident filmed on CCTV cameras

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This is the terrifying moment when a large sink hole outside a hospital in Jerusalem emerged and swallowed several cars.

The incident happened outside the Shaare Zedek Medical Center and amazingly there were no injuries.

The sinkhole formed yesterday near the site where a highway tunnel is being dug.

The Times of Israel reported that the tunnel, which also runs under the hospital and parking lot, appeared to have partially collapsed.

This is when three cars were swallowed by a sinkhole in the parking lot of a Jerusalem hospital earlier this week

This is when three cars were swallowed by a sinkhole in the parking lot of a Jerusalem hospital earlier this week

CCTV showed the cars being swallowed by the growing Jerusalem sinkhole

CCTV showed the cars being swallowed by the growing Jerusalem sinkhole

On Monday, a large sinkhole appeared in the parking lot of an Israeli hospital and swallowed several cars

On Monday, a large sinkhole appeared in the parking lot of an Israeli hospital, swallowing several cars

Seven fire trucks and a specialized rescue vehicle arrived on the scene

Seven fire trucks and a specialized rescue vehicle arrived on the scene

Cool CCTV footage showed cars tumbling into the hole, but amazingly, no one was injured in the incident.

A total of seven units of the local fire brigade arrived on the scene, as well as a special rescue vehicle.

A spokesman for the local police told reporters that a rescue team used specialized equipment as they were lowered into the hole to scan for signs of life.

Fortunately, the three cars that fell into the hole were parked at the time and had no occupants.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Tunnels have been dug on nearby Highway 16. A spokesman for the Jerusalem Ministry of Affairs told the newspaper they are investigating whether the sinkhole was caused by the construction work.

The Times of Israel said the collapse occurred in an old hospital parking lot near the pay station.

This follows another sinkhole that appeared without warning on a road in Ji’an, Jiangxi Province, southern China.

Footage shows a white car driving into the hole in the middle of a road intersection on June 5.

Amazingly, the driver survived and was taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries.

Viewers speculated that the driver may have been confused by the dark shape in the road and didn’t realize it was really a hole.

Local officials said heavy rain was responsible for the collapse.

It comes after a massive sinkhole 300 feet wide and 60 feet deep opened in Mexico, causing panicked residents to flee the area.

The sinkhole, which continues to grow and threatens to swallow a house that sits on the edge, appeared on May 29 in a field in Santa Maria Zacatepec, Puebla state.

The incident was caught on camera and showed the ground falling away as spectators ran screaming to safety.

Aerial view of a sinkhole found by farmers in a crop field in Santa Maria Zacatepec, Puebla State, Mexico

Aerial view of a sinkhole found by farmers in a crop field in Santa Maria Zacatepec, Puebla State, Mexico

This is when a huge sinkhole 300 feet wide and 60 feet deep opened up in Mexico, causing panicked residents to flee the area

This is when a huge sinkhole 300 feet wide and 60 feet deep opened up in Mexico, causing panicked residents to flee the area

What are sinkholes?

A sinkhole is a hole in the ground created by erosion and the runoff of water.

They can range in size from a few feet in diameter to the size that can swallow entire buildings.

They are a natural phenomenon, but the process is often enhanced by human processes and interference.

There are two basic types of sinkholes that are separated by how they form.

Slowly developing species are known as a sinkhole with subsidence and the ones that appear suddenly are called a sinkhole with collapsing cover.

The sudden holes that make headlines are the latest and can cause havoc and even death.

It is often soluble rock, such as limestone, that becomes damp and erodes quickly.

This then leads to a rapid loss of land and a sinkhole.

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