Shaking SEG Plaza skyscraper to stay closed as China probes what made it tip over

Shaking SEG Plaza skyscraper to stay closed as China probes what made it tip over

They ran screaming in panic as the 70-story skyscraper swung above them – videos posted to social media showed thousands on the run as it moved to one side to the other Tuesday.

The 1,167-foot SEG Plaza in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen was evacuated and closed on Friday as authorities and building owners, Shenzhen Electronics Group Co. Ltd., continued to investigate the causes. the movement of the building.

The Shenzhen government said on its microblog that no further sway has been detected since Tuesday, when the moving building caused objects to move over the building’s desks and workers were evacuated from the tower.

Panicked pedestrians could be seen fleeing the area after the swing began in videos shared on social media. Several neighboring buildings were also evacuated, as police and fire teams cordoned off the surrounding area.

“Based on an analysis, any seismic event was ruled out as a possible cause,” the Shenzhen government said, adding that the building’s infrastructure, windows and other architectural elements did not appear damaged and did not appear to be damaged. There was no sign of cracks in the surrounding streets.

Shenzhen Electronics also said it would conduct inspections to determine what rocked the 20-year-old building, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

As a result, the first 10 floors of the building, housing an electronics market, and the offices that make up most of the rest have been closed.

The US consulate in the neighboring megalopolis of Guangzhou also issued an advisory on Friday, urging US citizens to avoid the square “until further notice.”

Once a sleepy fishing village, Shenzhen was transformed into a thriving center of the electronics industry after becoming China’s first “Special Economic Zone” in 1980.

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Often dubbed China’s Silicon Valley and home to tech giants Huawei and Tencent, it’s now home to around 13 million people and China’s richest city in terms of gross domestic product, or GDP, per capita, according to data. from the International Monetary Fund and China. National Bureau of Statistics.

It is also home to six of the tallest buildings in the world, including the Ping’an International Financial Center, which rises to nearly 2,000 feet.

Chinese President Xi Jinping called the city’s transformation a “miracle” during his 40th birthday celebrations in October.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed.