In connection with the opening of ‘Seoul ADEX 2023’ , an aerospace and defense industry exhibition , nearby residents are suffering from the noise of fighter jets.
According to the Seoul Adex joint operation headquarters on the 20th, this exhibition opened on the 17th at Seoul Airport in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do and will be held for 6 days until the 22nd.
34 countries and 550 companies participated in the exhibition, and various fighter jets were undergoing tests and aerobatics. Over the past four days, a total of 32 flights have taken place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 4 times on the 17th, 11 times on the 18th, 5 times on the 19th, and 12 times on the 20th. Flights are scheduled to take place on the 21st and 22nd.
During this period, Songpa-gu residents living about 15 minutes away (5 km) by car from Seoul Airport were fully exposed to noise damage. Ms. Seo (20s, female), who lives in Ogeum-dong, Songpa-gu, was recently taking a nap when she was startled by a loud groan and woke up. Fighter planes were flying in the sky. She said she felt “the window shaking and I couldn’t hear the person next to me talking.”
Office workers also expressed their difficulties. Mr. Kim (20s, male), who works at a company in Munjeong-dong, Songpa-gu, said, “Because of the noise from the fighter jets, we stop the meeting for a while and then resume it. When we come out to eat, some employees cover their ears and move on.”
Ms. A, a woman in her 60s who lives in Songpa-gu, also said, “It makes my ears feel numb when I hear it while taking a walk,” and she said, “My grandson, who was playing with blocks at a daycare center, was startled by the noise and started yelling.” It is reported that some schools in Songpa-gu are experiencing disruption to classes due to noise.
Noise was found to be at a level that interferes with daily life. Money Today reporters measured the noise of fighter jets in Munjeong-dong and Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu on the 17th and 19th and found a maximum of 83.5 dB (decibel). 80dB is the noise level in the subway and is classified토토사이트 as noise that causes serious harm to others.
Even under the current Assembly and Demonstration Act (Assemblies and Demonstrations Act), anyone whose body temperature exceeds 85 dB is subject to punishment. The enforcement ordinance of the law stipulates that the maximum noise level of assemblies and demonstrations held near residences, schools, and general hospitals is 85 dB or less before sunset, and the average noise level for 10 minutes is 65 dB or less. From sunset until midnight, the noise level is below 80 dB, and the average noise for 10 minutes is below 60 dB. If this is violated, the police warns to keep the noise level below the standard. If you violate the noise standards despite the warning, you may be subject to imprisonment for up to 6 months, a fine of up to 500,000 won, or detention.
Songpa-gu, near Seoul Airport, is an area that continues to suffer damage from fighter jet noise. According to Songpa-gu Office, the district office paid compensation last month after receiving applications for compensation for military noise damage from residents early this year. The Ministry of National Defense measures noise in the damage compensation area every five years and pays compensation in accordance with the Military Noise Compensation Act.
However, experts diagnosed that it would be difficult for Songpa-gu residents to receive additional compensation from the Seoul Adex exhibition. Kim Tae-gu, a professor of health and safety engineering at Inje University, said, “In the case of a fighter jet air show, the momentary noise level is high and can cause stress to people,” but added, “It may be difficult to request compensation for damages in a short period of time.”
Professor Kim then explained that regarding the phenomenon of windows shaking due to fighter jet flights, “Citizens may feel emotionally uneasy due to the shock waves generated when fighter jets fly at the speed of sound,” but explained that it is necessary to check whether the legally permitted exposure time has been exceeded. did. The Occupational Safety and Health Act stipulates that noise with an intensity of 115 dB must not continue for 15 minutes. As to whether the noise from fighter jets caused by the exhibition is subject to compensation for damage, the Ministry of National Defense says it is difficult to answer because
various organizations have formed a task force to conduct this exhibition.
An official from the Ministry of National Defense said, “Applications for payment of compensation for military noise damage are being accepted by local governments in charge of residents who actually reside in the noise control area designated and announced in accordance with the Military Noise Compensation Act.” “This is a law enacted to efficiently compensate for damage caused by noise, and a noise response area is designated by applying the average annual daily operation performance of the relevant airfield.”