SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 26, 2018 – More than 400,000 foreign residents in Seoul now get to receive the air quality information and alerts in English via mobile text message starting from March 27, 2018.
Depending on the density of fine dust, the Seoul Metropolitan Government issues watch or warning to take emergency fine-dust reduction measures. It also sends out advisory information – for instance, “please wear a mask whenever you go out,” or “please try not to go outside and stay home.”
As of the end of February, 2018, around 29,000 residents are receiving real-time information about the air pollution. However, those notifications were sent out only in Korean, so non-Korean residents, who do not understand Korean, had difficulties in taking proper actions against fine dust.
To meet the demands from foreign residents, the city government established the English text messaging system and officially launches the English notification service for international residents.
If the level of fine dust is forecasted to be high, text notifications will be sent out twice a day – at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. If it is extremely bad, the text message will be sent out immediately.
Any foreigner who wants to receive the air pollution notification in English may visit the city government’s official English website at http://english.seoul.go.kr and apply for the service.
Meanwhile, Korea’s air quality standard for PM-10 and PM-2.5 has been revised as of March 27, 2018, according to which fine dust alerts will be issued.
○ Air Quality Standard (Basic Environment Law, Revised Enforcement, March 27, 2018)
|Annual Average||50||25 → 15|
|24-hour Average||100||50 → 35|