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The Toyota Corolla Spacio and Nissan Juke were marooned in the crater at a crossroads in Novosibirsk, Russia's third largest city.
Photos showed curious onlookers peering at the enormous sinkhole from behind a cordon as public utility workers toiled to try to free the cars.
'Two cars are completely sunk. One is just about afloat, the other is sinking. It's awful,' an eyewitness told NGS, a local news outlet.
A Lexus which had been waiting at a red light was towed away from danger after coming to a halt on the edge of the precipice 'as it was about to fall into the boiling pit,' another report stated.
Two cars have been swallowed by a sinkhole full of piping hot water which suddenly opened up today in the Russian city of Novosibirsk
The Toyota Corolla Spacio and Nissan Juke were marooned in the crater at a crossroads in Novosibirsk, Russia's third largest city
The Toyota and Nissan were believed to be parked outside a business centre when the hole opened, and there were no serious casualties in the incident, according to local reports.
Steam was visible at the hole, which was caused by a burst underground hot water pipe not far from the city's landmark theatre and opera house.
The pipeline supplies hot water to keep homes and workplaces warm during the cold Siberian winter.
The incident caused water supplies to 21 blocks of flats and three hospitals to be cut until tomorrow.
It is the latest in a series of similar accidents in the city.
Last month cars, buses and trucks were stranded after sinkholes opened in city streets.
Wednesday's incident is the latest in a series of similar accidents in Novosibirsk. Last month cars, buses and trucks were stranded after sinkholes opened in city streets
There were reportedly no injuries caused by the sinkhole, though a Lexus which had been waiting at a red light narrowly escaped