SEOUL, Nov. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — The 5.4-magnitude earthquake in Pohang on Wednesday has resulted in a series of unlikely effects, particularly for female high school students from their birth control pill schedule to plans for plastic surgery.
The devastating earthquake which hit the southeastern city of Pohang saw the country’s critically important CSAT exam postponed to next week.
Since then, online posts expressing regret and worries continue to appear on social media from female students who were originally supposed to take the exam this week.
One student left a comment on an online community, saying, “I wanted to get double eyelid surgery after the exam, but now I have to wait again.”
Another student said she rescheduled her surgery, which was booked for November 17, the day after the now postponed exam.
“I have booked a reservation with a plastic surgeon on the 17th. What should I do?”, one Twitter user said.
Other female students took to the Internet to discuss the rather personal topic of taking contraceptives prior to the exam for better overall health.
One student asked whether it was okay to continue taking birth control pills after a week, which some female students do to avoid having their period on the exam day.
“Can I begin taking the pills from today, when my expected period day is the 23rd?” another asked.
Frustration continues to be expressed across online communities, as the unlikely consequences of the earthquake in Pohang are taking their toll on students, derailing plans for one of the most important days as a student in South Korea.
Since the news of the earthquake in Pohang broke this week, sales of safety products have been on the rise, including emergency disaster kits.
According to the Korea Gyeonggido Company, many people have called in to express interest in either purchasing or selling the company’s ‘life clock’ kit, which consists of rescue essentials including a flashlight, a whistle, bandages, an emergency blanket, and a flag.
An increasing number of online posts showing backpacks and emergency kits were uploaded on social media including Instagram in the wake of the earthquake in Pohang, raising awareness of emergency preparedness.
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