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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.

 
Earthquake Off the Coast of Chile

October 28, 2016

Late in the afternoon on October 27, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake was reported approximately 70 miles southwest off the coast of Chile in the Pacific Ocean. The epicenter of the earthquake was also 70 miles southwest from Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, where students on the Valparaíso program live and study. The earthquake was not felt in Valparaíso, Viña or Santiago. No damage was reported, and there were no tsunami warnings issues. All students on IFSA-Butler programs are reported to be safe.  

Earthquakes and tremors are a part of life for Chileans as they happen frequently. Our resident staff 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 staff is available 24/7 should an emergency occur in Chile.

 
Hurricane Matthew Update for Eastern Cuba

October 3, 2016

Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 hurricane, is moving across the Caribbean toward Jamaica, Haiti and the eastern Cuba cities of Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo. Currently, the forecast for western Cuba, including Havana, is a strong tropical storm. Cuban authorities have been advising residents on safety precuations, and our Cuba resident director has instructed IFSA-Butler students to remain in Havana until the storm passes.

All IFSA-Butler students are provided with safety instructions for what to do during a hurricane or tropical storm during their program orientation, and these instructions are also located in their student handbooks. In addition, the IFSA-Butler resident director is available in Havana 24/7 to answer student concerns or help with an emergency.

We will continue to monitor the storm's progression and stay in contact with our Cuba staff for updates. For more information on the storm, please see the following resources:

Please contact Director of Health, Safety, and Security Eryn Espín-Kudzinski with any questions or concerns.

 
Volcanic Activity in Costa Rica

September 20, 2016

IFSA-Butler is currently monitoring the ongoing activity of Volcán Turrialba in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. On September 19, officials reported that the volcano erupted at least twice with smoke and ash. Due to wind patterns, ash fell in Heredia where students are currently living, and the San José airport was closed until late this morning.

Volcán Turrialba is located approximately 30 miles east of Heredia. While Heredia is not close enough to the volcano to be in any immediate danger should a larger eruption occur, students should be aware that ash in the air can affect respiratory conditions or ailments. Students who need assistance can contact our resident director in Heredia at any time.

For more information, please see the following news link:  

Tico Times

Please contact Assistant Director of Student Health and Safety Renee Lopez with any questions or concerns.

 
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