Seoul Tragedy

October 30, 2022

It was like a hell.

Kim Mi Sung who witnessed a “crowd surge” that killed more than 150 people in South Korea. Kim says she administered CPR to 10 people but believed most passed away despite her efforts.

Why It Matters: The President of South Korea declared a period of national mourning after more than 150 died, when a crowded Halloween celebration led to crush of people along narrow alleyways in a historic area of South Korea; the expectation is that both the numbers of those killed and injured (130+) will rise.

Context: “An estimated 100,000 people had gathered in Itaewon for the country’s biggest outdoor Halloween festivities since the pandemic began. The South Korean government had eased COVID-19 restrictions in recent months.”

How do injuries happen? “It takes 30 seconds before you lose consciousness, and around about six minutes, you’re into compressive or restrictive asphyxia. That’s a generally the attributed cause of death — not crushing, but suffocation.” EXPLAINER: How and why do crowd surges turn deadly?

Two Americans were identified among the dead

Witnesses say ‘it was like a hell’ inside South Korean crush

by Jenna Lee,