Seoul, South Korea, Halloween crowd incident 29.10.2022

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We add this on Sunday the 30th October as the BBC runs a live page update of the incident. 


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Seoul crowd crush: what we know so far about Halloween deaths in Itaewon

At least 150 people died when large crowd surged in narrow alley of South Korean nightlife district, officials say


What caused the Halloween crowd crush in South Korea

South Korea searches for answers after Halloween festivities leave 151 dead

Seoul, South KoreaCNN — 

South Korea is searching for answers after Halloween celebrations in the capital Seoul turned into one of the country’s worst disasters, with authorities declaring a national mourning period as they investigate how a chaotic crush left at least 151 people dead.

At least 151 killed in Halloween crowd crush in South Korea

Officials say most of the victims in the stampede in Seoul’s Itaewon district were women and young people in their 20s.

Itawon, Seoul, South Korea – area of the incident

Seoul Halloween crush: Aftermath of disaster in pictures

South Korea is in shock after more than 150 people – many of them teenagers – died in a surging crowd packed into an alley in the capital.

Crowd crushes: how disasters like Itaewon happen, how can they be prevented, and the ‘stampede’ myth

Crowd crushes are wholly preventable, predictable and avoidable, experts say. Here is what we can learn from the Halloween crowd crush in Seoul

Itawon, Seoul, South Korea – area of the incident

South Korea mourns after Halloween crowd crush kills at least 151

SEOUL — Officials said they have identified most of the victims of a deadly crowd crush during Halloween celebrations in the South Korean capital, Seoul, on Saturday evening that left at least 151 dead and about 82 injured. The priority now is to “identify 100%” of the deceased and to provide support to their relatives, a presidential spokesperson said.

South Korea in mourning after crowd surge kills 153 at Halloween party

South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol declared a period of national mourning on Sunday after a Halloween crush killed some 153 people in a packed nightlife area in Seoul.

At least 146 dead after stampede during Halloween festivities in Itaewon, South Korea

Footage from the scene shows people giving CPR to victims lying motionless on the pavement.

Crush kills at least 151 at Halloween festivities in Seoul

A mass of mostly young people celebrating Halloween in Seoul became trapped and crushed as the crowd surged into a narrow alley, killing at least 151 people and injuring 82 others in South Korea’s worst disaster in years.

" The following 3d graphics are created using 3DRTS. They are to assist in understanding the levels of density that crowds can reach "
Working With Crowds

The following images are of the street in Seoul that the incident occurred on.

This is a very rough depiction of the area and measurements of the street. This is for illustration only and not an accurate investigation of the incident (measurements a roughly correct)

" Even the software has its limitations. It will not go above 6 persons per square meter, so can not reflect the density observed "
Working With |Crowds

As it is generally considered that a density of 6 persons per square meter can result in serious injury and loss of life, the software is limited to this density.

It is also noted that the avatars are based on European body shapes and sizes. 

Again, we are providing this as a graphical illustration to asset in understanding only.

It’s a crush… It’s a collapse… It’s… Wait, that’s No Stampede!

Sravani Alluri,
Amalia Voskanyan,
Ritu R. Sarin,
Michael S. Molloy and
Gregory R. Ciottone

Nation in mourning after at least 151 dead and over 80 injured in Seoul Halloween crush

South Korea is mourning the deaths of at least 151 people, mostly in their teens and 20s, who got trapped and crushed after a huge Halloween party crowd surged into a narrow alley in a nightlife district in Seoul.

153 die, 103 injured in Halloween crowd crush in Korea's Itaewon

Scores died Saturday in Itaewon in a horrific crowd crush during the first Halloween celebrations since most Covid-19 restrictions were lifted.
The tragedy left Korea in shock and wondering how an evening of fun could turn fatal for so many so quickly, and how one of Seoul’s most iconic locations could be left looking like war zone in a matter of minutes.  

Itaewon crush: South Korea police admit response was inadequate

South Korea’s police chief has said their emergency response to the Itaewon crush was “inadequate” – the first acknowledgement from officials that they did not do enough to prevent it.

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