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. Jason

    Dear South Korea and (possibly) the article author: Discover wind. Not everything in your anti-science world is caused by ghosts and Jesus. You are on the internet, ffs. Use wikipedia – anything!

    July 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freeze

      The article said the building moved up and down. Can you explain how wind can make the building move that way?

      July 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • capt_dragon

      someone had bad gas

      July 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Yes, actually. Math and physics can quite easily explain how winds at a particular resonate frequency can cause mechanical shifts across multiple axis. (i.e. a "up and down" motion)
      FYI: it's a well known phenomena called "Aeroelastic Flutter"- google it for a much more detailed explaination.

      July 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Ghosts & Jesus – that's the funniest line I've heard in a while.

      July 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lawlz

      jason: "Dear South Korea and (possibly) the article author: Discover wind. Not everything in your anti-science world is caused by ghosts and Jesus. You are on the internet, ffs. Use wikipedia – anything!"

      Are you so militantly and dogmatically atheist that you have to bring up some sort of anti-religious insult in every article? No matter how irrelevant it is?

      July 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dr Matthew Chunnel Sleciester III

    Likely vertical subterranian pyrofaults caused by eletromagenetic interference to the Earth's lava core centrifical rotation as a result of seismic anomalys produced by the government's Destiny project.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Pimpmiester

      I believe your equation is correct with the exception that I would argue its he Earth's HIGH DENSITY lava core COUNTER centrifical rotation. Good hypothesis!

      July 5, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      Vertical subterranian pyrofaults caused by eletromagenetic interference to the Earth's high density lava core counter-centrifical rotation as a result of seismic anomalys produced by the government's Destiny project?

      Can't I just get a Big Mac Meal Supersized? Just once more please?!?

      July 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    From the comments, except for one, it's pathetic to see how, in the US, we just view our own problems and tragedies as serious matters, and maybe the ones from a few other countries that we accept as equals -> UK maybe?

    Please don't go wondering why the rest of the world can't stand us and sees us as a bunch of arrogant bullies ....

    July 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Matthew Chunnel Sleciester III

      I concur completely john –and than you for noting the one exception. it is good to have your work recognized by admirers.

      July 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary Roberts

    Sounds just like The Resonator in this awesome thriller I just read. Devil Wind by D.Shlian. A rogue CIA agent develops a weapon that makes earthquake safety systems work the opposite of how they should, making buildings sway and shake more until they fall down. Scary. And now it's happening for real.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ziggy

    Its the worms from "Tremors" underneath the building

    July 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kevin

    Sounds like a textbook example of Aeroelastic Flutter. (see the 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge for another example)

    July 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sandra

    Can you say "E ticket ride"?

    July 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Harry

    My Hyundai started doing the same thing while parked in lovers lane.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Your line was good too.

      July 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. brown

    The NK is tunneling again ... haha! Die humans!

    July 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    Korea has a history of buildings collapsing due to shoddy construction. There has long been a problem with builders skimping on materials, cutting corners, failing to follow building codes, and with inspectors being paid to look the other way. Many buildings in Seoul shake quite alarmingly just from people walking around. And don't even get me started on the electrical and plumbing problems over there.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ken

    cause they cut costs for the construction and probably cut alot of corners and used alot of cheap materal on top of an already bad design

    July 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Susan

    While stationed in South Korea in the mid-80's we often heard loud booms while our buildings shook. Different from spy plane sonic booms overhead, these below ground booms were refuted to be tunnel boring. We were quick to blame the North but we all knew it could be either side. At any rate, it unerved us......

    July 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John Deezy

    God was probably just mad at everyone in the building and wanted to give them all a good scare. Nothing to worry about. If he was really angry, the building would have collapsed, but he was just kind-of mad.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jrddk7

    Walternate has finally started his attack...

    July 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chuck

    Honestly, could most of you posters get any more ridiculous? The rude stupidity on this site is exhausting, but certainly not witty...... The first thing you do is make fun of God, who isn't mentioned in the article, and then you act as if Koreans couldn't possibly be anything except stone-age ignorant about anything scientific. Arrogance abounds.......

    July 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • wow

      You should make sure you take everything you read online seriously, that way you can have something to project your inner rage at.

      Everyone knows comments on news stories are like open mic nights at the local comedy club; sometimes you get a good laugh, but for the most part you just roll your eyes and move on.

      In other words, lighten up Francis.

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