Massive chemical leak in Gumi

This is a PSA for anyone living near Gumi area. (Gumi is near Daegu.) There was an explosion of a chemical plant a week ago, which led to a massive leak of hydrofluoric acid. (The explosion killed five and injured 18.)

Apparently, Gumi’s fire department did not respond adequately, allowing the chemical to spread in the area. Approximately 890 people — including hundreds of firefighters — received treatment from hospital. Crops near the area were destroyed, and farm animals were reported to be poisoned by the chemical. Korea’s national government is expected to declare the city to be a disaster area soon.

If you are in the area, I would advise staying indoors.

  • Q

    This disaster was anticipated over four months:

    Citizens could only blame STX energy and government.

  • Zippy The Pinhead

    HF is really, really nasty… I used to work in a place where it was used.

    Workers who got HF on their skin had to get to the ER and receive injections of a calcium compound. When released, HF forms a heavier-than-air gas at room temperatures, and is pretty toxic.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Hey, The Korean…What’s “hydroflouric acid”?

    HF gas is lighter than air.

  • GuckyLoldstar88

    I work at a company in Gumi that is about 4-5km from where the accident took place. If I hadn’t seen the message on my phone from a news site and the report on MBS News, I might have never known about it. Due to a business trip on the day of the accident I wasn’t in Gumi and when I called my co-workers, they said there wasn’t a problem. I saw the video of the local crops and landscape turning a nice shade of brown but I think most people in my company at least are just ignoring the problem.

  • YManchun

    “This disaster was anticipated over four months:

    Citizens could only blame STX energy and government.”

    That’s the Korean companies and government for you.

    On a related case, there has also been a number of people who have been anticipating another Korean Airline crash due to flight crew incompetence. But whenever those people have spoken out, they were jailed.

    And I can prove it.

    “Korea’s major companies bribe prosecutors and judges to use the law in their own way. In return, those so-called “government officials” will be invited over to the companies after retirement.

    Bribed judges ignore crimes committed by the companies, or minimize the debt they owe to society. However, they arrest and critically judge the innocent and the weak. They are baseless simpletons who are as dangerous as drunken drivers and thieves with knives in their hands.

    My name is Chae Moon Lee, an ex-pilot of Korean Airlines. I have flown for over 30 years. During my career, I was arrested for accusing Korean Airlines’ illegality. So I came to Canada as a refugee and have been receiving protection and welfare (approximately $600/month) since then.”

    Here is Chae Moon Lee’s youtube video accusing Korean Air’s illegal activities endangering the public.

    This youtube video is banned in Korea because its “illegal”.

  • Q

    Mr. Lee reminds me of blogger of Fukushima Diary.

  • YManchun

    There are whistleblowers everywhere.

  • Q

    When governments do wrong, they are often treated as permissible systematic errors. When common citizens do mistakes, they are often considered as punishable violation of law. Bureaucracy frustrates people. However, I think both Japan and S. Korea are still better than a few communist countries existent in 21C.

  • thekorean

    Hey, The Korean…What’s “hydroflouric acid”?

    Don’t know exactly. Just translating the newspaper articles.

  • SomeguyinKorea


    Won’t own up to your spelling mistake? You really are insufferable, aren’t you?

  • thekorean

    @10 what the hell? I didn’t even notice the spelling error until just now. (Goes to show how little I know about the substance. I really don’t know much about it.) Figured you were trying to make some kind of snarky point, but decided to answer in good faith because I prefer to give people benefit of the doubt. Congratulations — now you belong to the (large and growing) list of people in MH whom I know not to take seriously.

    If you had been reading my blog for a while, you would know that I welcome any corrections for grammar and spelling. So I welcome this one too, even though you were being a complete dick about it. Next time, just tell me I misspelled something.

  • SomeguyinKorea


    Really? Are you that thin-skinned?

    The only person you should be kicking is yourself for not double checking. Hell, I even used quotation marks to clue you in.

  • ZenKimchi

    Nah, that was a pretty dick move–even coming from a grammar nazi like myself.

  • babotaengi

    You saw a spelling error on a blog? OMFG, call the national guard why don’t ya!

  • jefferyhodges

    National Guard. Heavens, no! This calls for a higher power . . . The Grammar Gods!

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  • SomeguyinKorea


    Looks like I’ve pissed off the blogger tribe…or are you just trying to put one in to draw attention to your blog?

  • SomeguyinKorea


    I was very cordial about it. The dick move (looking at you Zen Kimchi) was how he reacted to it (and you must admit, he’s a bit of a drama queen).

  • jkitchstk

    # 16,
    And the URL option on his blog blows-as in blocks some or all comments.

  • Arghaeri

    yeah, that must be why elvis is treated as some kind of musical legend. yeah, lots of people hounded him, eh? lots of yahoos.

    You really need to study history Pawi, what is now, is not what has always been. He is treated as a musical legend because he is one, but he was not always treated that way.