“I thought I was going to die,” and even donating blood amidst the confusion… Tragedy reported by returning government officials

At the time of the Morocco earthquake, there were government officials from various local governments across the country on a business trip to attend the World Geoparks Conference.

Even in the midst of extreme fear at the moment of the earthquake, they actively helped by donating blood for the injured.

This is reporter Kim Do-hoon’s report.


At 11:11 p.m. on the 8th, while Kim Jeong-hoon, Director of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, was on a business trip to Morocco to attend the World Geological Congress, the magnitude 6.8 earthquake was like a terrible nightmare.

Although Director Kim’s accommodation was안전놀이터 80 kilometers away from the epicenter, the power of the earthquake was very strong.

He explained that after feeling a strong vibration for about 20 seconds, he tried to open the window, but was scared that the outside might be in ruins.

I remember at the time that it was fortunate that the hotel was only recently built.

[Kim Jeong-hoon/Gyeongsangbuk-do Geopark Coordinator: “For a moment, I felt a vibration and tremor that I had never felt in my life, and I thought the building was really going to collapse… I was so scared for a moment that my body froze.”] At the general meeting at the time

. The number of Koreans who attended was about 80 people, including representatives of local residents of the geological park, experts, and local government officials. Hotels where attendees from some regions, including Jeju, were staying, suffered significant damage, but many of them were geology experts, so they were able to respond calmly without major confusion. There was.

They also participated in damage recovery efforts by donating blood while concluding the general meeting the day after the earthquake.

[Kim Jeong-hoon/Gyeongsangbuk-do Geopark Coordinator: “Local relief organizations came and donated emergency blood. Some Korean participants also participated in blood donation.”] The Gyeongsangbuk-do Cheongsong County Office group arrived at Incheon Airport this evening

. Officials from other local governments, including , Jeju, are also returning home one by one and are scheduled to arrive in Korea on the 13th.

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