The 300-meter-high SEG Plaza skyscraper (赛格 广场) in the city of Shenzhen, in southern China, started to sway yesterday afternoon, causing panic among the people.
The skyscraper, completed in 2000, is located in the Shenzhen business district and houses some electronic markets and numerous offices. The building is named after the semiconductor manufacturer Shenzhen Electronics Group.
A team of engineers inspected the building Wednesday. Officials quickly ruled out an earthquake as the cause of the swing in the Futian tech district.
According to the inspection, “no safety abnormalities in the main structure and surrounding environment of the building”.
The building stopped shaking when people were evacuated, according to state media, while the square in front was closed.
剛剛中午時分，位於深圳華強北，樓高73層的賽格電子大廈突然搖晃，原因不明也沒地震！樓宇內人群和樓下人群紛紛逃命！ pic.twitter.com/aoixkH6OeY— 風再起時【香港挺郭后援會3】 (@dZnJUCdo4FlZqgd) May 18, 2021
The collapse of buildings in China is not uncommon, caused by lax construction standards and the rush to urbanization, which has led to the construction of quickly built buildings.
Low construction standards are often linked to corruption among local officials, such as the collapse of a quarantine hotel in southern China last year.
Chinese authorities last year banned the construction of skyscrapers taller than 500 meters, adding to the height restrictions already applied in some other cities such as Beijing.