Seoul Halloween disaster: How to watch out for crowding signs

Seoul Halloween disaster: How to watch out for crowding signs

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

On October 29, thousands of people flooded Central Seoul to celebrate Halloween.

An estimated 100,000 people had gathered in the Itaewon alloy, which represents the capital’s freewheeling nightlife.

Soon panic erupted as the crowds swelled. It became hard for people to breathe and impossible to move.

Witnesses reported seeing crowds surging in different directions and people losing their footing on the slope, causing a domino effect.

If you’re in a crowd and people are close enough to bump against you, it could be getting too crowded.

The sign of a crowd becoming too dense is what is called a field of wheat effect, where people are uncontrollably swaying.

In order to prevent disaster, organizers should watch out for density and slow or stop the flow of people.

If not, it will become much harder to reduce crowding once the situation has become too dense.

If you’re in a crowd, stay safe and make your way out of the crowd if you don’t have enough personal space.