PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) _ Attendees at the first Olympic event in Pyeongchang got a scare from an emergency alert on their mobile phones sent entirely in Korean.
The message warned of a fire in what appears to be a construction zone not far from the Gangneung coastal media village. Smoke from the fire could be seen from the village around 9 a.m. Thursday.
Many spectators at the first curling competition in Gangneung can’t read Korean, though, so the alert sparked confusion. With these games occurring amid geopolitical tensions on the Korean Peninsula, there was concern the alert could have been something worse.
Additionally, emergency sirens sounded at the press center in the mountain cluster, though it was unclear if that was connected to the push notification, which was sent only to phones near the coastal cluster.
— John Leicester (@johnleicester) February 8, 2018
Looks like a fire in Gangneung at an apartment block under construction. pic.twitter.com/YIfPp7ARH9
— James Ellingworth (@jellingworth) February 8, 2018
An Olympic volunteer told The Associated Press that such alerts are not uncommon in the area.
The fire was quickly extinguished, and Olympic visitors were told they'd be unaffected, except for perhaps some traffic delays.
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