Skyscraper in New York wobbles, prompting evacuation of employees.

The “One Vanderbilt” building in New York has been shaken by violent vibrations. The cause was apparently work on an elevator.

Perceptible vibrations in a skyscraper in the middle of New York terrified employees on Tuesday. According to media reports, several floors in the “One Vanderbilt” building, which is right next to the central train station in Manhattan, are said to have shaken.

On Twitter, an eyewitness reported that the vibrations were felt on the 14th, 51st and 60th floors. It felt like a wave going through the building. One woman wrote on the short message service that it felt like the ground had sunk and was shaking.

Fixed outside elevator

The cause was apparently repairs to an elevator. The American television channel NBC reports that, according to the New York building authorities, work has been carried out on an external elevator to the viewing platform. There was a mechanical problem. The platform was closed to the public at the time of the incident.

According to the British “Daily Mail”, employees fled the building and one person feared that the building would collapse. Apparently there were no injuries or damage to the 93-story skyscraper.

The “One Vanderbilt” has observation decks that extend over three floors. Visitors can use a glass elevator that runs along the side of the building.

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