Shortly after midnight, the earth suddenly opens up in a residential area in Rome: a huge hole in the ground has torn up the street in the southeast of the Italian capital and swallowed up two parked cars. The hole, which is around ten meters deep and has a diameter of around ten meters, opened up early on Thursday morning around 1 a.m., as reported by the Italian media, citing the local Roman police. There have been no reports of injuries so far. According to the emergency services‘ initial findings, there were no people on the street during the incident.

Local police and firefighters were on site. The police closed the street that night and secured the affected area in the Quadraro district. As can be seen from the photos, there were other cars right next to the hole and had to be removed.