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South Korea: Subway Crash, in the Wake of Ferry Disaster

Categories: East Asia, South Korea, Citizen Media, Disaster, Governance

In South Korean capital Seoul, two subway trains collided last week [1], injuring over 200 passengers, mostly minor injuries. The accident occurred in the wake of the Sewol ferry disaster [2], and the timing of the event and passengers’ immediate responses to the crash have further fueled discussion. Noticeably, most of subway passengers choose to ignore an announcement to stay still and actively got themselves out of the subway car — the exact opposite of how Sewol disaster's victims reacted. Korea Bang's Simon Kim gathered and translated South Korean net users’ reaction [3] to the news.