The Seoul Metropolitan Government will step up efforts to make the city more resistant to earthquakes, Mayor Oh Se-hoon said on Wednesday while checking the progress on a new city government office building.
According to city plans, the new office will be strong enough to withstand tremors of magnitude 6.4.
The National Emergency Management Agency plans to renovate poorly constructed buildings and require all new buildings to meet stricter standards.
Under the current laws only structures three stories or taller with floor space of at least 1,000 sq. m must be earthquake-resistant. That covers only 18.4 percent of buildings nationwide.