President Park Geun-hye has visited Gyeongju to observe firsthand the damage left behind by recent earthquakes in the southeastern city and consoled its residents.
[Sound bite: President Park Geun-hye (Korean)]
“I know you've all been startled over and over again due to constant aftershocks. You must have been shocked.”
“The government will spare no efforts in providing assistance so that you will regain stability and get back on your feet."
The president ordered related ministries to positively consider declaring Gyeongju as a special disaster zone to help in swift recovery efforts from the quakes.
The Ministry of Public Safety and Security said the survey of the damage thus far shows that the city meets the requirement to be declared as a special disaster zone, adding that it will soon officially propose it.
After her visit to Gyeongju, President Park also went to an adjacent nuclear power plant in Wolseong.
Stressing that even one minor mistake is unacceptable at key national facilities such as nuclear power plants, Park urged her officials to review the country’s comprehensive measures on how to respond in the event of an earthquake.
Park also said the government should use the recent earthquakes as an opportunity to come up with concrete manuals regarding how the public should respond to various kinds of natural disasters.