Hundreds evacuated from Sydney apartment block over fears it might collapse

Emergency services have evacuated a 36-storey high-rise building amid fears it could collapse

Residents of a high-rise building at Sydney's Olympic Park endured a "frustrating" night after being evacuated from their homes amid a major safety scare.

"It's not going to be done in minutes, hopefully it won't take longer than hours", he told reporters in Sydney.

The doors of the building were jammed and the police had to break through to help residents out.

"A few days ago the doors looked different".

Meriton, the operator of the neighboring building, said in an email to residents that there was "potential for the tower to collapse".

"They attended, identified there was a crack in the building and they called for Fire And Rescue assistance", he said.

A resident told Nine News he heard a loud Bang, as if in the Interior of the building, something is broken.

About 300 people have been evacuated from the building and surrounds, while a one kilometre exclusion zone is in place.

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The occupants of 150 units in a 392 unit complex were displaced after an internal wall in the 36-storey Opal Tower failed.

A half-mile exclusion zone has been established around the building while water and gas services have been shut off.

"[We're using] laser building movement monitors [there now] to determine if there's any movement", New South Wales Fire and Rescue acting Supt. "And you do feel [movement] sometimes when there's strong wind".

The evacuation alarm was raised about 2.45 p.m. on December 24 in the Sydney Opal Tower building in Sydney Olympic Park.

'We are aware of the concerns that have arisen with the Opal Building and confirm that the builder has been notified, ' Ecove said.

A handful of them were left to sleep on the concrete ground in a temporary shelter at the nearby Royal Agricultural Society, while others made their own arrangements.

Police evacuated 55 children from a nearby childcare centre and released them to their families.

The building was only completed in March and opened in August, and cost $165 million to build by developer Ecove, which built numerous others nearby.

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