Thousands evacuated fearing high rise would collapse amid ‘cracking sounds’December 24, 2018
Thousands of people have been evacuated from a high rise building amid fears it would collapse after ‘cracking sounds’ were heard.
According to reports, 3000 people were evacuated from the Sydney’s 34-storey Olympic Park Opal Tower and surrounding buildings.
A nearby childcare centre with 55 kids also had to be evacuated, reports said.
People are facing an uncertain Christmas as efforts are being made to rehouse people who have had to abandon their homes.
Tenth floor residents at the Opal Tower reported hearing loud ‘cracking noises’ throughout the morning and according to 9 news initial investigations showed the building could have moved ‘one or two mm’.
Concerns were first reported at 2.45 local time and tests are now being conducted to try and determine if there has been any further movement.
Fire bosses reportedly say it’s too early to predict if the building actually could collapse.
A police spokesman said: "We don’t know that until the engineers assess the building and have a look at what caused the issue and if there is a major issue with the building.
"It’s not going to be done in minutes. Hopefully it doesn’t take much longer than hours."
Another police officer added: "The number one priority for us is the safety of people but the people inside the building and the people in surrounding areas."
People had to leave behind valuables while some pets have reportedly been taken to the RSPCA.
No one has needed any medical treatment in the incident, it is understood.
Opal Tower has almost 400 one, two, three and four bedroom flats.
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