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‘I’m not a Jeonnam longevity… ‘The Ministry of Public Administration and Security sent an incorrect text message 1 hour after the earthquake

The earthquake that occurred yesterday (29th) in Jangsu, North Jeolla Province was the third largest earthquake in Korea this year.

Fortunately, there were no casualties.

However, in the disaster text message sent by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security about an hour after the earthquake, the place name was incorrectly written, causing confusion.

Reporter Jin Seon-min assists.


An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 occurred in Jangsu-gun먹튀검증, North Jeolla Province, at 7:07 p.m. yesterday.

No one was injured, but four cases of damage were reported in Jeonbuk, including cracks on the wall of the house and the outer wall of the apartment.

[Soundbite] Lee Seok-joo(Resident in Jangsu-gun, Jeollabuk-do) : “The ground vibrated quite loudly with a thump, like a gas cylinder bursting. The disaster message beeped at the same time…

” An emergency disaster text message was sent, and about 7 minutes later, the magnitude of the earthquake was adjusted to 3.5 and notified to the relevant authorities.

About 1 hour and 10 minutes later, at 8:26 pm, the Ministry of Public Administration and Security sends an emergency disaster notification text to 8 cities and provinces near the earthquake, including Jeonnam and Gwangju, and Gyeongbuk and Gyeongnam.

It contains information such as “There is no damage so far” and “Please follow the action tips in case of an additional earthquake”.

However, the area where the earthquake occurred was marked as ‘Jangsu-gun, Jeonnam’.

You have incorrectly written the metropolitan municipality to which Jangsu-gun belongs.

[Soundbite] Lee Seok-joo(Resident in Jangsu-gun, Jeonbuk-gun) : “There is a difference (there is) a difference between Jeonnam and Jeonbuk. It’s nonsense. It’s a national disaster, so you shouldn’t blow up text messages lightly like this.”] I modified it to ‘Jeonbuk Jangsu-gun’ and sent the text again with the same content.

As criticism poured in, the Ministry of Public Administration and Security explained that “the public official in charge made a mistake in an urgent situation.”

It also explained that there was no legal obligation to send the text message, but it was a preemptive response to prevent damage.

This is Jin Seon-min from KBS News.

Cinematographer: Kang Hyeon-gyeong/Video editing: Han Hyo-jeong/Graphics: Choi Chang-joon

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