People flee after 300m skyscraper in China starts shaking

All workers and shoppers were evacuated from the building.

Alfie Kwa | May 19, 2021, 11:40 PM

On May 18, terrified people were seen fleeing the SEG Plaza.

The SEG Plaza is the 212th tallest building in the world and the 104th tallest in China, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Some videos uploaded online showed people running away from the building.

What happened?

According to Global Times, the building's staff received reports from tenants at 12:31 pm about the building shaking.

The building's management later notified those in the building to evacuate immediately. Everyone safely evacuated by 1:55 pm.

The building stopped shaking at 1:30pm, however, no safety abnormalities have been found in the building's main structure and its surrounding area, the city's housing and construction bureau said in a post on Weibo later.

At around 2:30pm, reporters were informed that police investigations are still ongoing.

What caused the shaking?

The reason for the shaking remains unclear as there were no earthquakes around the area.

According to AFP, engineers were inspecting the building a day after the incident.

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