Only four months ago, the Opal Tower, has been opened, a high-rise in the Australian metropolis of Sydney. On Monday, residents of about 30 floors high-rise building had to leave their homes after cracking noises.

About 3,000 people had been brought out of the house and adjacent buildings in safety, informed the police on Monday afternoon (local time). Police, firefighters and a structural engineer inspected the building then in the neighbourhood of Sydney Olympic Park. Adjacent streets and the nearby train station were, as a precaution, locked.

A resident told Nine News he heard a loud Bang, as if in the Interior of the building, something is broken. Other residents have reported cracks in the walls on the tenth floor. Many of the doors were blocked accordingly, and the police had to break up some of them, so that residents were able to leave the house. “A few days ago the doors looked different, as if you could not close them properly,” said a resident of the channel ABC. In addition, you could feel when the Wind is strong, like the building was moving.

Philip Rogerson, the police said the building had moved a millimetre or two. On the cause of the police and fire Department did not provide any information.

The Opal Tower is one of five new residential high-rise buildings, which were built on the site of the Olympic games 2000. The high-rise building with 392 flats was opened only four months ago. Whether the residents for Christmas back to their homes, was still unclear.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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