mass panic


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mass panic

An uncontrolled mass response to a triggering event (e.g., fire, explosion) in which a crowd of people—e.g., on a religious pilgrimage or at a professional sporting or music event—move at once towards a presumed direction of egress, which, if blocked, may result in a mass disaster of human crush injuries and death due to compressive asphyxiation.
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As the news spread from person to person, America was soon caught in a state of mass panic and widespread confusion.
One of the main reasons of the incident was mass panic, resulting in a
It seems to be something like a mass panic at the entrance," Stefan Wlach, a German journalist at the festival, told Al Jazeera.
Emily Henochowicz in the hospital) Israeli troops fired volleys of tear gas at Palestinian and international protesters, causing mass panic amongst the demonstrators and those queuing at the largest checkpoint separating the West Bank and from Jerusalem.
Survivors spoke of "carnage" and mass panic following the collision.
Can medics really be surprised there's mass panic when they insist on giving diseases such ghastly names?
Trouble broke out in the stands during Bahia's 2-0 victory and several fans needed medical treatment after mass panic spread.
The writers ask us to believe that global warming is a creation of a "certain political agenda" whose only proof is bad computer climate models for an untold purpose of mass panic.
We're not overly concerned this will create a mass panic among female meat eaters.
This has not only severely affected the Palestinian Authority's ability to honour contractual obligations to Augusta for its humanitarian services, but also has the potential to dissolve into mass panic.
Americans have few exemplars of mass panic, the worstcase scenario.
Consequently, the biggest impact of bioterrorism is psychological, initially in the form of mass panic and later ranging from acute stress disorder, anger, or guilt to posttraumatic stress disorder, phobias, sleep disorders, depression, or substance abuse (DiGiovanni, 1999).