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. Bill

    Yes. Such movements are signals of seismic activity or a major fracture in the foundation of the building causing other fractures and settling. They were smart to evacuate, and may not know for sure without load testing the building with greater weight then the bodies that were in there. Not sure what kind of ground is under and around the building?

    July 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tam

    I`m LOLing so hard at these comments. Ahaha @ Godzilla. And seriously, linking SIDS to plastique? How is that even possible? Are Illuminati operatives sneaking into nurseries & dropping teething rings made of C4 in babies' cribs? Or was your implication that the poisoning is from the plastique supposedly planted in the basements of apartment buildings or something along those lines? How would you explain SIDS happening in private residences, then? The government is mining our homes?

    July 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ten

      The building has been under a high amount of stress the last few years under a lot more pressure due to population increases. It's obvious that the building has become an alcoholic and is shaking uncontrollably... Pretty sad you guys poke fun at a serious issue...

      July 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Elsa

    I'm just happy everyone made it out of the building. Hope they figure out what is going on.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ten

    It was built atop the treaty between North and South Korea. Needless to say... It's pretty shaky...
    /shades

    July 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Loki

    has anyone blamed this on Obama?

    July 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. spumananti blanc stuffy aristocrat

    just to be safe, repent from sin and turn to jesus

    July 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mortamus

    I truly believe that Obama did this.............

    July 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nick

    Dragon's waking !

    July 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • JollyD

      Hey, hey, hey, watch our language there are children reading this.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Public Enemy Number 2

    I wonder if the North Koreans are drilling tunnels again.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. paul

    i think kim jong ill is not happy and is stomping his feet, big trouble brewing,

    July 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Burrow

    Probably the tunnel the North Koreans have been quietly building over the last few decades collapsed or filled with water – the border is only a few miles away.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JollyD

    OMG!! Directed EMR Space Weaponry is real !!
    The North has a secret space weapon and where trying to "kidnap" everyone in the building by lifting it up and moving it to the north side of the DMZ.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. K3Citizen

    The shaking was from the fatties in the basement getting it on.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      I take great offense to your statement "fatties in the basement"! You should be ashamed of yourself. Why couldn't it be "fatties in the attic"?

      July 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    Didn't Tesla supposedly have a device that would do the same?

    July 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      Not supposedly Steve. See posts on pages 1 thru 5... lol

      July 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      GASP!!! Not GaGa?!? Say it isn't so!!

      Wait... Was she one of the little men hidden in the walls?

      Don't forget the NWA and WWII Counter-Invasion Techniques... Those were good too.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I have been having a little fun with Julian "The Novella Writer". Jez – some people....

      July 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I remember reading that Tesla tested a device that almost brought down the building his lab was in. OK conspiratorial brothers in paranoia take from here....

      July 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Les

    It is called North Korea - testing nukes underground!

    July 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
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