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TechnoMart, the 39-storey shopping center and commercial and residential complex that inexplicably shook for ten minutes Tuesday, resumes its business yesterday after the Gwangjin District Office canceled its evacuation order. [YONHAP]


Authorities gave a clean bill of health to TechnoMart, the 39-storey shopping center and commercial and residential complex that inexplicably shook for ten minutes Tuesday, but residents and vendors are afraid to go back inside.

And the 1,200 commercial establishments in the mall, which includes a multiplex, are prepared for bad business until someone explains why the top 19 floors of the building shook as if an earthquake had occurred.

“It’s a certainty that I will lose my customers for a while,” said Byeon Sang-gil, 49, who runs an accessory shop in the mall. Byeon has lost about 2 million won ($1,880) in sales during the two days the building was declared off limits. “I don’t think people will visit here unless the government reconfirms the safety of the building.”

About 50,000 people usually visit the complex daily. Business owners say customers fear a repeat of the collapse of the Sampoong Department Store in 1995, which killed 501 people. Tenants and workers were allowed to return to the building yesterday morning.

The building’s owner, Prime Group, said losses from the two day shutdown would be 9 billion won ($8.45 million). “I can’t help feeling nervous,” a salesperson at a home appliance store in the mall said. “I suspect the district office hastily allowed business to resume even before they finished their safety checks.”

Yesterday, about 80 parents went to the Gunam Elementary School, which is located 300 meters (984 feet) from the mall, to take their children home, fearing that the building would collapse.

According to the school’s staff, students are taking different routes to and from school to avoid TechnoMart.

Nearly 3,000 people working or living in the complex were ordered to evacuate after it trembled on Tuesday. No earthquake occurred that day.

“After conducting two days of safety inspections, we didn’t find any problems with the structural soundness of the building,” Park Jong-yong, vice chief of the district office told reporters at a briefing Wednesday. “But we will install tremor detectors.”

Prime Group said the shaking may have been caused by noise from a 4-D theater in the complex, or some activity in a fitness center.

The district office said they would shut down the 4-D theater and fitness center temporarily.


By Kim Hee-jin [heejin@joongang.co.kr]

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하지만 상인들 속내는 편치만은 않았다.


갑작스런 퇴거조치 이후로 입은 매출 손해가 상당한데다, 정밀안전진단 최종 결과가 나오는 3개월 동안 손님 수가 줄어들지 않겠느냐는 걱정이 컸다.

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변씨는 "앞으로 3개월이 걱정"이라며 "안전하다는 발표가 제대로 나올때까지 사람들이 오겠나. 손님이 줄어들게 뻔하다"며 한숨을 쉬었다.

지하에서 도너츠 매장 영업을 준비하고 있던 정병천(50)씨는 "피해가 이만저만이 아니다. 애초에 문제가 없었던 건물을 갖고 (호들갑을 떨었다)…내가 여기서 10년 넘게 장사를 했는데"라며 손사래를 쳤다.

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