World News: On Tuesday, one of the tallest skyscraper in China named SEG Plaza was ordered to completely evacuate as the building was seen shaking from outside, sending inhabitants of the building and pedestrians surrounding the area scrambling for shelter in and around.
The SEG Plaza is located in the Southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. As the building reportedly started shaking around 01:00 P.M, all of its inhabitants were immediately evacuated, sealing the building shut by 02:40 P.M according to media reports.
The construction of the building started in 1997 and was completed by 2000. According to a social media post made in Weibo, emergency management officials are now investigating the cause of wobble. Officials cleared speculations of any earthquakes in the area after checking earthquake monitoring devices.
Upon inspections, no cracks in the ground were reported or no pieces of outer wall was seen to have fallen down. Handling such a vulnerable construction of such size right in the heart of the city where at least 12 million live seems to be a great challenge for authorities now.
Multiple videos of the scene where people were seen running towards shelters were recorded by bystanders and posted on Chinese social media sites. The building was named after the major electronics manufacturing company in China, Shenzhen Electronics Group, whose main offices are also located in the building.
It was the 18th tallest skyscraper in China. Skyscrapers more than the height of 500-m will not be allowed to constructed anymore in many Chinese cities over concerns of safety. Also, certain building designs resembling other famous landmarks around the world are now banned in China, to promote more Chinese styles of architectures in the nation.
Notably, five of the world’s tallest buildings, including the world’s second tallest building Shanghai Tower is situated in China. Many of these tall buildings are best suited to house offices of renowned Chinese corporations like Huawei and Tencent.
The city of Shenzhen is located in South East China close to Hong Kong and has become a technological hub of the nation in the recent years.