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. MikeGCNY

    It could be many of things... Structural faults and shifting, or sympathetic vibrations to wind patterns like the Tucoma Narrows Bridge.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • BrownTown


      July 5, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. RunForTheHills

    Resonance with wind. A poorly designed facade will cause resonances with air movement, a la tacoma narrows bridge.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Benny


    THEY SAID "...it was shaking up and down" NOT SIDE-TO-SIDE! Wind can't do that!

    July 5, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Me

      But see shaking would be side to side. Bouncing would be up and down. Then I'd think it was the apocalypse.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • ModernEarthling

      How do you know the wind can't do that? Are you a structural engineer? Can you explain why the wind can't do that?

      July 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      lol @ ModernEarthling... Actually I'm an Electrical Engineer with a sub in Structural. I believe your question should be pointed at a Meteorologist though.

      Simple answer: Wind doesn't travel at sea level vertically!

      July 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bryan

    It's a sinkhole.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. julianpenrod

    In fact, they don't want people to know that buildings and structures in the West and West leaning countries have been mined for destruction for a long time. The purpose was to deny use to invading forces from using the infrastructure. In "Secrets of the Kingdom: The INside Story of Suadi-U.S. Connections", for example, Gerald Posner revealed that the Saud family havd all the oil resource managing installations of their country mined so that, if someone invaded to steal it, they could destroy it all with the touch of a button. While excavating the old Moskva Hotel, workers found tons of dynamit in the basement rigged to blow up. The Russians during World War II evidently intended, if Moscow fell and German officers used to hotel for lodging, to obliterate it with them in it. ANd stories keep cropping up of entire sections of Britain, from airfields to bridges, mined with everything from high explosive to nuclear devices, to respond if anyone invaded the island.

    And it seems to continue being done. It seems patently questionable, if not utterly implausible, that in Baghdad, the most heavily militarily patrolled city on the planet, so many bombings should be able to take place. It seems more likely the New World Order mined buildings during the reconstruction then destroyed them to cast bad light on those who want to prevent "the Crusaders" from stealing their resources. An example can be revealing. About five or six years ago, there were reports of "an al Qaeda bomb being found in a girls' school being constructed". The report was that al Qaeda had placed the bomb in the walls of the building, hoping to mine the building so they could blow it up later. The bomb was reported discovered by contractors following wires stretching from where the bomb was located in the buoilding, across the street, to al Qada agents waiting to set it off. It can take weeks for a building to be finished, just for the concrete or cemenet to cure and the structure to settle! They would place a bomb and hope it won't be found, then leave a group of al Qaeda sitting across the street all that time, making their discovery likely, just so they could carry out a bombing they apparently do quite well on the spur of the moment with a suicide bomber? And all for a relatively low value target? So few girls' schools in Iraq were blown up, there is no reason to assume the considered this valuable! In fact, the Allies mined the building, it was discovered by the public and they blamed al Qaeda!

    Indeed, the entire destruction of Port-au-Prince, Haiti looks very much like a detonating of all the buildings there simultaenously, likely by accident. The destruction was far too limited for something powerful enough to cause so much damage. Structures too small to be mined, like a large crucifix shrine on a concrete plinth, remained stadning. And the only "proof" of an "earthquake" is a film taken of a bridge. Only one car was on the bridge at the time, apparently because it would be impossible to get too much traffic to stop and behave like an earthquake was taking place. And the shaking of the camera was uniform, up and down. Most cameras recording earthquakes show irregular, intermittent shaking, and side to side! The film is a fraud! Add, too, such imporant points as that SUdden Infant Death Syndrome has similatrities to C4 plastic explosive poisoning. Which all brings up the issue that the Twin Towers were mined to detonate in a manner the suicidally gullible could be instructed to believe is "normal for a collapsing building". And the obligingly pliable obediently ignore the fact that WTC-7 collapsed without sustaining any damage whatsoever. Larry SIlverstein, the owner of the World Trade Center, wanted to demolish the place without having to go through the necessary, and expensive, provisions of normal demolition, and the New World Order wanted to use the swindle initiate the “eternal war”.

    The South Korean building seems to have undergone some unexpected problem with the exlosive charges built into its walls. But it can be a good question how much in the West, even the houses, aren’t built to be obliterated at a moment’s notice, even without caring about the welfare of those inside!

    July 5, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • palinywit

      Boy, you could write a novel. Wait...I guess you just did. But I don't read anything anyway.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • UR So Dumb

      Shut it Unadoofus. Your manafesto is to long to even attempt to read. Way to waste your time. Next time try riding your motorcycle without a helmet.

      July 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustSayin

      You lost me @ "In fact,"

      July 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModernEarthling

      Another NWO sheeple who will believe anything, I mean ANYTHING, spouted by Icke, Jones, and other whackos. Is your toaster broken? OMG! It's the Illuminati and the NWO!!!!! Run!!!!!

      July 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Your brain is seriously damaged, you need help

      July 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Note to juliampenrod: two people can keep a secret, if one of them is dead. And you want us to believe that thousands are keeping this secret? Seriously, get a life.

      July 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • julianpenrod

      Note the characteristic New World Order tactics. They can't disprove any of this. They can't even provide anything like convincing evidence countering what I said! But they want to pretend it is illegitimate, that they have reason tos dispute it. And, as is always the case with the New World Order, they target their replies only for the dull-witted and dim. The attaclk the length. Something can't be true simply because it takes "too long" to read. This is the message they're giving their kids and then blaming the teachers! And their lapses in literacy don't make a difference since they are targeting only those too stupid to be able to read words of more than three syllables. They dismiss or condemn what I said without providing evidence. Their target audience is already moronically devoted to what the corporate crooks and politicians tell them to believe, they don't need convincing. Their at best borderline subhuman stratum can't even read that long, anyway. And they utilize mockery. They describe me as someone who will beieve anything the likes of Alex Jones and David Icke say. In fact, points I made were never promoted by Jones or Icke. Indeed, the likes of Jones and Icke are not to be trusted, either. None has ever tried to even contact me, despite points I have made repeatedly. Anyone who trusts their ilk without question deserve to be betrayed no less than those who follow right wing, Green, Naderite, Populist, Libertarian or Liberal sell-outs to the New World Order. There are people who are thinking for themselves! Not everyone is a worthless parrot, like those the NWO operatives contesting my statements seek to "convince".

      July 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      Have none of you ever seen the movie 2012? We were all laughing while Charlie (played by Woodie Harrilson) spouted his insanity about the "Government". We were all laughing while Charlie yelled from a peak in Yellowstone about the impending end. We weren't laughing when the end came...

      I'm with you Julian. I'm with you! Down with the DMV or the MVC or the NWA or whatever it's called!

      July 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • julianpenrod

      I placed two replies to Bubba, but, so far, they haven't been posted. This is a reply to Greg. They take issue with the idea of thousands of people keeping a secret. What is Greg's proof that thousands of people can't keep a secret? Those who fight the idea of a New World Order conspiracy keep insisting that small conspiracies of a few people were always broken up, but those involved only a handful of people. Large conspiracies, they insist, cannot be kept secret. How do they know? What is their proof? They say that no large conspiracy, involving hundreds of thousands of people, ever did collapse. But does that mean that such large conspiracies never existed? They say that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. If no large conspiracies ever did fall apart, does that mean they never existed, or that large conspiracies are stable and never do break apart on their own that easily? Don't forget, the military is supposed to be part of any New World Order conspiracy, and it's emphasized that they have a speciality program called SERE, for "survive, evade, resist, escape", meaning, among other things, training military to undergo all pain and coercion and not inform "the enemy". So someone who will be tortured and not give up secrets is going to suddenly find it irresistable to spill government facts kist to fill a gap in the conversation at a party? And consider, too, exactly who is going to spill the beans and to whom? How many times has any of the "rank and file" ever broken bread with members of the Bilderberg Group or attended any of their yach parties outside the 12 mile limit? Just exactly how are people who don't talk to the "rank and file" ever going to spill the beans to the "rank and file"? And, consider such things as the wall of fallen operatives at the CIA. A wall decorated only with stars, but no names. That fact, of those many who are being honored, is being kept a secre, and by all the people in the CIA, which is not a handful! Greg apparently doesn't mind advertising they have a shallow and superficial understanding of things.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • julianpenrod

      I tried a third time to place my reply to Bubba on, without success. It was shorter than the first comment, so size is not a problem. I said pretty much everything I did previously. About the only things I added were an implication that Obama couldn't be more Republican if he wore a button with an elephant and upside down sigil of Baphomet stars on it. Something else I did add, though, was that, if you are promoting the truth, God won't allow you to be harmed. If you have faith in God, He will protect you. And I pointed out that the New World Order has to abide by that same rule. People trusting the NWO is functionally the same as if they decided to set themselves on fire simultanoeusly. God wouldn't sop them, but He wouldn't make it easy to arrange it, either. That's the way the New World Order is. They have a due diligence to carry out, seeding the evidence of their massive conspiracy so those who don't want to set themselves afire by trusting the unworthy don't. If you refuse to see the evidence the NWO is active, you are playing recklessly with your welfare.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      You are kidding...Right? OMG, you actually believe your own crap!

      July 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      That proves it! Bubba is part of the NWA. Run Julie, run before they get to yo.... Ahhhhhgggggggg

      July 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • kiki

      Julien, honey no.
      Empiricism fail.
      The burden of proof lies with the one who makes the claim, not the other way around. Sort of how the burden of proof lies with the prosecution not the defense. It's not up to me to prove something didn't happen/ isn't happening, it's up to you to prove it did/is. Since you have no evidence of your NWO and all your other cray cray plots, the burden does not lie with is. It lies with you.
      Conjecture and fantasy is not fact, as much as you may wish it to be.

      On another note, ConspiracyII with the Millenium hand and shrimp? That's probably the best comment I have ever seen anywhere on this site.
      YOU win the internet today.

      July 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • julianpenrod

      kiki, it's not a game, but since that's how you treat it, it only displays the level of sincerity you have. If you say something, even if it is counter to someone else, and you respect the search for truth, you provide your evidence. If you feel somoene else is wrong and you contradict them and have proof that they are wrong and you are right, you don't sit on your evidence and just order the other to bat away, you provide your proof of what you say! That is what an honorable person does. Someone who respects the search for truth and knows the truth can be eager to share the truth! Not looking for an excuse not to provide it! But all you have in your reply is the recommendation jus to view it as a game. Your reply is dishonorable in the extreme. I provided evidence, not just accusations. The New World Order covers its traks very determinedly. Those who contradicted me did nothing but mock. They made no attempt to try to benefit the public by what they assert to be their enlightened view. That would have been achieved by proving what they said, or at leat just providing evidence, not justmaking jokes. BUt they are no better than any anti-God New World Order quislings and, by siding qwith them kiki, you are no better than they are.

      July 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Was Godzilla seen anywhere in the vicinity?

    July 5, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      Nope... Only Chuck Norris sightings.... Only Chuck...

      July 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andre the Giant

    No chance I would go back into that building. I'd rather find a new job than end up dead.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. bingo

    no worries....it's just kim tunneling under it, a little to close to the surface this time

    July 5, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. jf

    Maybe.it was an inside job

    July 5, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. LaShelle

    Nikola Telsa made a manhattan apartment shake in the early 1900s, in essence creating the first man-made earthquake. He was a genius.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • ModernEarthling

      There are so many urban myths about Tesla now, most conjured up and "shared" online from made-up snippets by NWO and Illuminati whacks to justify their extreme paranoia, that one must now dismiss most of the Tesla references. Did you know that Tesla invented a time travel machine and brought Obama to the present from a past dimension of reptilians in order to save the world – or, maybe to destroy it. Either way, Tesla was a genius!

      July 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • LaShelle

      The fact that Tesla was a genius has nothing to do with urban myth. Don't you know how the "Manhattan Project" got it's name? Do some research.

      July 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gaadffly

    Nothing to worry about. Just another North Korean tunnel being dug underneath the city.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. idecomp

    Nope, I got the answer...North Korea has their invasion tunnels almost completed. The nukes are a ruse!

    July 5, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Clint

    Its haunted, nuff said

    July 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gs081

    Better check the basement for monster worm holes.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. niching

    It was the North Koreans rejoicing after another Kim Jong I'll hole in one. And the girl with no sense of humor doesn't have to get a thing out of her rear end. Quite the opposite actually.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
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