July 5th, 2011
07:40 AM ET

Korean office tower evacuated after mysterious shaking

Authorities in Seoul, South Korea, ordered the evacuation of a 39-story office building Tuesday after occupants reported that it shook for about 10 minutes, local media reported.

There was no seismic activity reported at the time of the tremors, which began about 10:10 a.m., according to a report in The Korea Times.

"I fled the building with everyone else while it was shaking up and down. It almost made me feel dizzy," Lim Joon-hee, who works on the 20th floor of the building, told the Yonhap News Agency.

About 3,000 people were in the building at the time. All were evacuated, and the building, whose tenants include offices, retailers and a theater,  will remain closed for up to three days while it undergoes safety inspections, local media reported.

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  1. mjh

    FYI! DID ANYONE FROM OUTSIDE VIDEO THIS? SURELY SOMEONE INSIDE CALLED A FRIEND CLOSEBY OR MAYBE A NEWS CHANNEL! WOULDNT SHAKING THAT LONG CAUSE SUNAMIS AND OTHER BUSINESSES CLOSE BY TO HAVE CONCERN ENOUGH TO CALL NEWS CHANNELS WHILE THIS WAS OCCURRING! STAND UP AND MAKE SENSE UNTIL YOU DO DONT EXPECT YOUR FELLOWMAN TO TRUST YOU

    July 5, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jack Bauer

    Sorry everyone that was me in the basement filming the upcoming 24 movie. Apparently if I say "Do it now" too many times, I trigger the frequency resonance vibration of that building, and it starts shaking. And that's damn right. Because I'm Jack Bauer, and it should be scared.

    July 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Anon

    Maybe the owner was m---ting in the basement.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mike S

    It may have been slowly sinking into the ground and bouncing a bit as it worked it's way down.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. doggduz

    Obviously, the North Koreans have tunneled the thirty miles or so from their side of the "border" with a huge boring machine and have gotten themselves too close to the sunken foundations of the building.

    So the South Korea government is on to the game, but they are in a bad position. For such a gross intrustion into their territory, much of the nation would want war, but if the North has placed Atomic bombs undeer Seoul, the South is nearly power to respond with any type of force and can only give in to the North's desperate needss for food, etc.

    July 8, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Clayton

    Doggduz, nice try, but no banana... Giant boring machines like those built by General Dynamics would trigger any and all Seismographs. Tunneling for a military advantage is an obsolete tactic that went out with the horse and buggy...
    Besides it would be far too easy to plant a "Nuke" in Seoul by the North using secret agents posing as Playboy Pinups...

    Anon might be on to something though.... Good day.

    July 9, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Rachel M

    Tae Bo class gone horribly wrong.

    July 19, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
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