NewsChina's 'shaking building' to stay closed for inspection

China’s ‘shaking building’ to stay closed for inspection

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Beijing, China: The skyscraper in southern China that created concern earlier this week when it began to swinging will keep closed for the time being while the source of the shake is being probed.

The SEG Plaza, a 300-meter (1,000-foot) structure in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, began trembling early Tuesday afternoon, causing people inside and on the streets below to evacuate.

Officials soon ruled out an earthquake as the cause of the tremors in the Futian neighborhood of the IT capital.

The building owner stated in an internal notification to renters and merchants carried by official news agency Xinhua that no one would be permitted to enter until an investigation was completed, without offering a date.

The SEG Group has prohibited “all owners, merchants, and tenants from accessing or leaving the SEG Building and electronics market…(which) will reopen after appropriate inspection work is done,” according to a statement released on Thursday.

The law will take effect on Friday.

The structure is named after the Shenzhen Electronics Group, a semiconductor and electronics manufacturer with offices and a significant electronics market in the complex.

Engineers monitoring the structure since Tuesday night had identified no vibrations larger than the building code limit for skyscrapers, officials said late Wednesday.

The local administration said in a statement that experts discovered “no safety issues in the primary structure and surrounding environment of the building.”

Engineers have been inspecting the building, which was finished in 2000, with drones this week.

Traders were observed hauling items out of the electronics mall on the lower levels of the building earlier this week.

Building collapses are common in China, where low construction regulations and rapid urbanization have resulted in buildings being erected in a hurry in recent decades.

The US consulate in nearby Guangzhou cautioned residents to avoid the area surrounding the skyscraper on Wednesday, citing “inadequate information to determine the safety hazards,” a day after the skyscraper was evacuated.

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