President Park Geun-hye has pledged to overhaul the nation’s earthquake response system in the wake of recent quakes and aftershocks that rattled the Gyeongju area in North Gyeongsang Province.
In a meeting with her senior secretaries on Thursday, the president said that the nation’s quake response system is not as sound as it is supposed to be, mainly due to the widespread view that South Korea is safe from earthquakes.
In detail, she ordered the government to improve an emergency text messaging service in order to send disaster alerts more quickly and give actual help to the people. Park also called for the operation of more earthquake response drills and the reinforcement of quake-resilient capabilities at public and civilian facilities. She asked experts and a governmentwide task force to play a central role in devising such new measures.
After visiting earthquake-hit Gyeongju, the president ordered the government and presidential office to do their best to help with the quick recovery of the damaged regions and ensure the safety of the people, as risks of aftershocks still remain.