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Wildfires in Christchurch

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wildfires have broken out in Christchurch, New Zealand, causing extensive property damage and requiring evacuation of some citizens. A state of civil emergency has been declared due to the rapid spread of the wildfires, but IFSA-Butler students are not in any danger at this time due to their location within the city. Our resident office has contacted every student to verify their well-being and to provide safety information. Students are continuing to participate in pre-semester campus activities and IFSA-Butler events as scheduled.

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Truck Attack in Berlin

December 20, 2016

IFSA-Butler is working to contact all students currently studying on our programs in the U.K. and Ireland to ensure that they were not in Berlin during yesterday's truck attack at a Christmas market. The majority of programs have already finished for the semester, and the few remaining students are taking exams and turning in final coursework this week. We will provide any updates as we have them.

Train Crash in India

November 20, 2016

Early on Sunday a train derailed near Kanpur in northern India, killing 115 people. While this accident occurred near IFSA-Butler's program location in Varanasi, we have confirmed that all IFSA-Butler students in Varanasi are safe.

For more information on the accident, please see the following media outlets:

Feel free to contact us at 800-858-0229 if you have any questions or concerns.

Earthquake in New Zealand

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has occurred in New Zealand, approximately 59 miles north of Christchurch on the South Island. There have been no reports of major damage or injuries, but the earthquake was felt throughout much of the country. There have been several aftershocks during the past few hours. New Zealand officials issued a tsunami alert, and the first tsunami hit the northeastern coast of the South Island (about 120 miles north of Christchurch) two hours after the earthquake. 

IFSA-Butler's University of Canterbury program officially ended on Friday, November 11, and most students have already returned to the U.S. We will be contacting and verifying the safety of any students who chose to remain in Christchurch.

Earthquakes and tremors are a common occurrance in New Zealand due to its geographical location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire." IFSA-Butler's orientations in New Zealand always include extensive earthquake preparedness and response instructions. Additionally, our resident staff are available to students 24/7 in the case of emergency.

For more information on the earthquake, please see the following media outlets:


Earthquake in Lima

October 28, 2016

Early this morning, a 4.9 magnitude earthquake was reported in northern Lima, Peru. Students felt the tremors in the city. However, no major damage was reported, and no tsunami warnings were issues. All students on the IFSA-Butler program in Lima are reported to be safe. Today will be a normal day of classes and activities.  

Earthquakes and tremors are a part of life for Peruvians as they happen frequently this time of year. Our resident director covered earthquake safety information to students during the program orientation at the start of the semester, and all host families are trained on how to respond in an earthquake or an emergency. Our resident director in Lima is available 24/7 should an emergency occur in Peru.

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