Thousands evacuated after 'loud crack' in Sydney tower

Sydney Olympic Park: Residents evacuated from 'cracking' tower, with trains cancelled

Scores of residents who were evacuated from a "creaking" Sydney Olympic Park high-rise overnight woke up on Christmas morning in a makeshift camp. They've made their own arrangements for accommodation, according to NSW Police.

Fire & Rescue NSW Urban Search and Rescue officers and specialist engineers, as well as the building's designers and managers, worked late into the night to assess the building.

"Occupants have told police they heard cracking noises throughout the morning".

More than 3,000 people in nearby buildings were also instructed to leave, including 55 children.

The tower, which looms over the central site of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, has 392 apartments, a retail area and a childcare center.

"We spoke to people in the building and they got told to evacuate. they thought it was a fire".

During the evacuation on Monday, the doors of the building became jammed and police had to break through using heavy equipment to let residents out, ABC reported.

The building has shifted between one and two millimetres as a result of the issue, Police Detective Superintendent Philip Rogerson said.

Residents from the Opal Tower and nearby properties are not being allowed back to their homes.

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We'll keep you updated as more information emerges. New South Wales Fire Department Acting Superintendent Greg Wright said they would "determine if the building is safe to inhabit or if any other remedial works are required".

Exclusion zones remain in place, but nearby roads have reopened.

There are no longer concerns of the tower collapsing, police say.

The building sits at the southern end of the Olympic Park Parkview Precinct - part of the "Master Plan 2030" to turn the park into a new town centre with new homes and amenities.

Opal Tower opened this year and contains 392 apartments.

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.

It was developed by Ecove, which also built many other new towers in the suburb along with One30 Hyde Park tower in the Sydney CBD.

Susan Maguire and her son Joshua were among those evacuated.

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