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Statement Regarding March 11 Earthquake in Chile
Updated Thursday, March 11, 3 p.m. EST

IFSA-Butler is closely monitoring the situation in Chile, where another earthquake and two strong aftershocks occurred this morning. The earthquakes were centered near Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins, about 90 miles from Santiago and Valparaíso.

As of 3 pm. EST Thursday, IFSA-Butler's resident directors in Santiago and Valparaíso reported that there appears to be little damage in either city. They have contacted the students currently in Chile and have confirmed that all are fine.

Our Valparaíso program, which was already rescheduled due to the February 27 earthquake, is slated to begin tomorrow, March 12. The group flight is currently scheduled to depart on time this evening. We will be sure to notify students of any changes to the flight schedule.



The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) address concerns about the H1N1 virus, both in the U.S. and abroad. Contact IFSA-Butler if you have additional questions or concerns.

What are your offices doing to help students in case they contract the virus after they arrive abroad?
Will vaccinations for H1N1 available be available in my host country?
Am I more at risk for H1N1 abroad than I am in the U.S.?
Will you close programs because of H1N1?
Are any of your program countries forcing arriving American students into quarantine because of H1N1?
What if I catch H1N1 just before departure and I have to stay home?
If I have to leave the program early because of H1N1, will I receive a refund on fees or travel costs?
If I have to leave the program early because of H1N1, will I still get credit?
What can I do to avoid catching H1N1 when I'm abroad?
What do I do if I'm abroad and I get symptoms of H1N1?

What if my roommate or someone in my host family catches H1N1?
Where can I ask more questions about H1N1 and my program?

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