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. Matt M

    Nikola Tesla must have moved to Korea!

    July 5, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • frankenblog

      Exactly. Resonance baby!

      July 5, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      "...it was shaking up and down" – I thought resonance would only cause side-to-side motion. Can't wait to hear the reason for this one! Localized Earth Crust Displacement? Is the end really that near?

      July 5, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. driranek

    More than one way to get three days off work.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. fiskenmann

    Ah sooooooooooo, another North Korean tunnel collapsing!

    July 5, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. couchtater

    Wow Caihlyn, no one died or was hurt by the building shaking. You should really stay off these blogs if you don't want to read some foolish and/or comical comments.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |

    it was a big shakeweight work out

    July 5, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brian in Toronto

    Didn't they have a shopping centre do that a few years ago just before it collapsed ? Turned out to be cut rate construction just to save a few bucks. Hopefully that is not the case here.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • freekyme

      Same thing happened in Mexico City during the big quake...oh the shoddiness of it all.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. sum1comn

    Donald Trumps beaver pelt woke up because he forgot to apply his daily dose of chloroform to it. It was running through the parking garage causing the building to shake. He should really put that thing on a leash!

    July 5, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • 9mil

      chuckle chuckle.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Professional Biscuit Taster

      That is laugh out loud good!

      July 5, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. 9mil

    Don't muslims blame this kind of thing indirectly on women's breasts??? Is there a new augmentation procedure going on in Korea???

    July 5, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • donuthead

      Haha..those poor muslim guys...so fearful of the beautiful and powerful female (Mother). They should try to get passed the diaper years and let the girls into the club house. They would be better for it.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jacob

    2012 idiots

    July 5, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Are you describing the membership of the club you belong to? Congratulations on reaching 2000+ members!

      July 5, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Professional Biscuit Taster

    Perhaps Chinese steel and mortar were used to construct the building. Yeah, and the steel was infused with remote-controlled steel-eating nanobots. Yeah, and (in the background: "medication time", "medication time")... gotta go!

    July 5, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. rex edie

    considering the way koreans build things.... it was probably some failure in the superstructure they have yet to discover

    in an earthquake in 93...on guam.... a brand new hotel that had just opened.....and was constructed by a korean firm...fell to ruin... and had to be completely demolished..... they later discovered that the footers had be less than required by the specs. ....where does the money go ???

    July 5, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Grant

    crummy construction + too many people + furniture = tremors, shaking, collapsing... THINK OF THAT???

    July 5, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. richajam

    Many things can cause this- the 2 most likely are si-fi like. =)
    1. Projected Sonic Weaponry(this is real and has been tested for decades), sometimes this is mistaken as 'sky-quakes'.
    2. Tunneling devices/ vehicles striking a structural pylon ( or the bed rock its attached to) creating sonic resonance( similar to seismic waves in a tuning fork effect)

    July 5, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Nice fancy explanations there, but wind load is far more likely. If they don't calculate the load accurately when designing the building, it can shake like a leaf in high winds.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • denim

      Tom Bouch says, "tell me about it!"

      July 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Freshies

    Kim Jong Il's new Earthquake Device.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tiger

    Korea has a history of incompetent non-code compliant construction. This applies to both Koreas.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
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