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What to do in a crowd crush and how to survive it

By Tara Parker-Pope

31 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The events that unfolded in Seoul at the weekend were devastating. Here, we discover some useful advice on how to act in order to maximize your chances of surviving such a terrible event.

Crowded events like the Seoul Halloween gathering can go from fun and celebratory to frightening and dangerous in a manner of minutes.

An event known as a crowd crush in Seoul's Itaewon neighborhood caused more than 150 deaths. Experts in crowd management say that public safety officials and event organizers should be held responsible for keeping people safe at large events. But once a risky crowd situation starts to develop, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk and improve your chances of survival.

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