South Korea’s Earthquake Risk & Possible Damage Scenarios

This week, South Korea experienced two strong earthquakes centered near Gyeongju city, including a magnitude-5.8 quake that was the largest ever recorded in the ROK. Before these events, due to seismic activity earlier this year in Japan, as well as aftershocks felt in South Korea, some were beginning to ask if a whether a major seismic event could also hit the ROK & if buildings, bridges & other infrastructure could survive. To answer these questions, Korea FM host Chance Dorland spoke with Korea Institute of Geoscience & Mineral Resources (KIGAM) senior researcher Dr. Taesung Kim & Tae-Hyung Lee, a Konkuk University department of civil engineering professor & member of the Korean Earthquake Engineering Society.

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