October 05, 2016 10:18
From mid-November, earthquake alerts will be texted to everyone within range if the tremor measure 4 or higher on the Richter scale, the Ministry of Public Safety and Security said Tuesday.
The Korea Meteorological Administration will take over from the ministry in sending out these emergency alerts to shorten the warning time.
No emergency alert texts will be sent in case of small earthquakes with under 3.0 magnitude. The catchment area for the text alerts will grow according to the magnitude of the quake.
But due to a technical problem they will not automatically reach the 11.9 million users of 3G mobile phones, who will have to download a ministry app.
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