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The science of human stampedes

A stampede in a nightlife district in South Korea killed more than 150 people over the Halloween weekend. Crowd researchers explain how such tragedies can happen and what you can do to stay safe.

Trapped in an alley: The crush happened during Halloween celebrations in Itaewon, a district of South Korea's capital city Seoul. (NEWSIS/Xinhua/picture alliance)
Trapped in an alley: The crush happened during Halloween celebrations in Itaewon, a district of South Korea's capital city Seoul. (NEWSIS/Xinhua/picture alliance)
Published on Nov 03, 2022 12:16 PM IST

South Korea's deadly Halloween stampede was avoidable: Report

The annual festivities in the popular nightlife area of Itaewon in Seoul also did not have a central organising entity, which meant government authorities were not required to establish or enforce safety protocols.

Women pray for victims of a deadly accident following Saturday night's Halloween festivities in Seoul, South Korea.(AP)
Women pray for victims of a deadly accident following Saturday night's Halloween festivities in Seoul, South Korea.(AP)
Published on Oct 31, 2022 10:51 PM IST

Videos of Seoul stampede capture chaos, panic amid Halloween festivities

Seoul stampede updates: The Halloween event was the first in three years that commenced after the country lifted Covid-19 restrictions and eased social distancing norms.

Rescue team and firefighters work at the scene where stampede took place during a Halloween festival in Seoul, South Korea, October 30, 2022.(REUTERS)
Rescue team and firefighters work at the scene where stampede took place during a Halloween festival in Seoul, South Korea, October 30, 2022.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 30, 2022 08:12 AM IST

'100,000 people in 4-metre-wide alley': How South Korea stampede took place

Social media videos reveal ambulances could not reach the narrow alleyway as revellers were still dancing blocking the way while the stampede took place. Medical technicians began giving CPR to victims on the spot.

Seoul Halloween stampede: The alleyway was packed wall to wall when people started falling on top of each other
Seoul Halloween stampede: The alleyway was packed wall to wall when people started falling on top of each other
Updated on Oct 30, 2022 07:03 AM IST

At least 146 killed in stampede at Halloween event in South Korea

President Yon Suk-yeol presided over an emergency meeting with senior aides and ordered emergency medical teams to the area, his office said.

A man receives medical help at the scene where dozens of people were injured in a stampede during a Halloween festival in Seoul, South Korea.(REUTERS)
A man receives medical help at the scene where dozens of people were injured in a stampede during a Halloween festival in Seoul, South Korea.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 30, 2022 02:03 AM IST
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