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. michaelfury

    sympathetic vibrations:


    July 5, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • haha-whatsyourname

      maybe someone figured out the frequency as to what the building responds to in regards to tremors, myth buster had an episode about that where they discovered a little machine could cause a large bridge to move

      July 5, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt M

      Yeah that was Tesla that did that. Look him up.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • eq

      shhhh peeps dont know who Tesla was. They dont understand harmonics and how it can destroy anything.
      kids are taught to pass a test so the school gets bush the moron funding they are not taught about tesla etc....

      July 5, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. pedro

    I think it was godzilla.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      Nope. Confirmed Chuck Norris sightings...

      July 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rialto350

    No trains run underneath and no seismic activity? Get out and stay out until they find the cause. The lack of weight (or normal activity) on the floors may cause it to take longer to find the cause, but place sounds like a disaster in the making.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. dragon8me

    North Koreans are tunneling under it to excape..... or attack.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |

    They should ask Obama what happened???

    July 5, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      He should make a speech. Ready the telepromptr!

      July 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    most likely the north koreans digging tunnels under the building. they are known to do this.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Caihlyn

    Marty and Pedro must be stupid Americans...instead of addressing the obvious structural concerns of the building, they make jokes based on s_x and B movies. Is there any hope for intelligent life in America in the 21st century? I think not.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Yowza

      Two people having s_x HAVE BEEN KNOWN to cause a van to shake!

      July 5, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Professional Biscuit Taster

      One of the most worthless phrases in all of English: "I think not". Besides, get a grip and learn how to laugh.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Grant

    It can be the weight of the building and the fact that almost 3000 people were inside. It could be excess weight of the people plus the furniture plus the original weight and capacity of the building. Think of that???

    July 5, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • DAT

      When buildings are designed, the "weight of the people plus the furniture plus the original weight and capacity of the building" are all taken into account. It's part of the basic process of designing any building. Think of that???

      July 5, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Picky Pundit

      The relative weight of the people in comparison to the frame of this building is like comparing the weight of dust on a basketball.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Caihlyn

      The geniuses that designed and built the 26 story library at the University of
      Massachusetts did not account for the weight of the books. Many floors have
      no books, just lots of wasted space.

      July 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rizzle

    Kim Jong Il used his mind bullets.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Sasha

      Ah, yes, I think you've got it! You know, according to his people, he has supernatural powers.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. cboy

    @ Caihlyn: Take it easy, it was poor excuses for a joke, but there is nothing wrong with making light of a serious situation. They weren't hurtful, get that thing out of your behind.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Charles in DSM,IA

      No kidding. agree 100%

      July 5, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. mom steph

    lets not bad mouth americans children play nice

    July 5, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Peter & Walter

    Don't ask the Fringe Division, we know nothing...

    July 5, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. jay

    Nope. You're all wrong. It was Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. They should've taken that left turn at Albequerqe.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • MnkeysRCrazy


      July 5, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. Anthony Weiner

    Chinese HAARP

    July 5, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Name*dennis

    yea ok

    July 5, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
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