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In just over a week since a massive sinkhole opened up in Puebla, Mexico — and three days since another cavern appeared in Jiangxi, China — the shocking phenomenon has turned up again in Israel.
No one was injured as the ground collapsed in the middle of a parking lot outside of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center on Monday.
Investigators with the Jerusalem Affairs ministry believe the crater was related to a nearby highway tunnel project, which would have run beneath the hospital complex, according to multiple local reports.
Security footage provided by Viral Press captured the moment when the void swallowed three cars and several trees.
A reported seven firefighting units arrived at the scene for a potential rescue effort. The mouth continued to widen as men were seen being lowered into the cavity and scaling the wreckage in search of signs of life.
The incident in Jerusalem marks the third sinkhole to appear in just over one week, following a now 300-foot-wide hole that nearly gulped down houses in the Mexican state of Puebla, and another in Jiangxi Province, China, which occurred in the middle of an intersection last Saturday.
Newsflare footage shows the moment a motorist unwittingly drove straight into the gaping black void. The person was reportedly rescued by good samaritans and admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. The incident is being investigated by local authorities with one prevailing theory that heavy rain may have prompted a softening of the ground beneath the cement.
Meanwhile, in Mexico, matters were made worse for Magdalena and Heriberto Sánchez, the owners of the home that was evacuated due to the sudden 70,000-square-foot crevice. After their tragic circumstances made headlines around the world, scammers allegedly exploited the already destitute family for what little equity they had left, a reported 3,900 pesos ($197), according to El Sol de México.
Magdalena told local media that the con artists had claimed to be the Secretary of the Interior of Monterrey, promising to give the family up to 45,000 pesos ($2,275) if the home owners would first wire money to pay for the benefactors’ cellular equipment and other fees.
Magdalena told El Sol de México that after their swindlers received proof of payment, “they told us that now we should go to [the bank] to collect the support, but when we arrived, the staff told us that this account did not exist, that it belonged to [a different] bank,” she said. The family has reported the crime to local law enforcement.
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