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. Renee

    I heard the workers on the 39th floor were all doing jumping jacks at the same time. There's some big people that work up there....

    July 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randomguy

      Fail.

      July 5, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • :-)

      Winning...made me laugh...

      July 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. outawork

    North Koreans digging tunnels again.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gary

    Mysterious vibrations? Must be the KIA or HYUNDAI building!

    July 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      We'll know for sure if they start having electrical problems.

      July 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      Or when the "Improved Flexible Exhaust" twists like a pretzel and melts your firewall.

      July 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael

    Probably just the North Koreans digging under Seoul...

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

    HAARP

    July 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Desi

    Shouldn't some simpleton be making a bad Chuck Norris joke right about now?

    July 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • :-)

      Thanks for filling the gap 😛

      July 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gfdxz

    magnetic resonance

    July 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MrJaz

    The bottom floor of the building is used for the development of a female 'toy' called "The Earthquake". "Finally a product which is true to it's name." will be the marketing slogan. It will be available in stores early 2012.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      lol-worthy Jaz... Truely lol-worthy

      July 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cnnshouldcheckusgs

    Looks like a few readers are actually intelligent today! Wind resonance.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CSnSC

    Omg, youre right. Tesla trained the Lock Ness monster to mine the building !

    July 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CSnSC

    Sorry, typo 'loch'

    July 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. seattlite

    Why does everyone just have goofy comments? There is reasonable explanation, we just don't know what it is.

    It could be a water main or a structural problem.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • denim

      Because we have a sense of humor and realize that posts to CNN.com make no difference?

      I agree, it must be someone recreating Tesla's experiment. Or maybe we should blame W.

      July 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. turndatides

    It's another effect from governments dark agendas. It isn't mother nature.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Seriously

    Sounds to me like the building is sinking..

    July 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. OU812IC

    Drill Baby Drill

    July 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
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