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All Students Accounted for Following Chile Earthquake

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Aftershocks are still a normal, daily occurrance, but our resident directors in both Valparaíso and Santiago have reported that the aftershocks have not caused any damage. All students are continuing with their daily schedules and attending university and program classes.

We will continue to keep a close watch on this situation, and we will provide any necessary updates.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Chilean officials issued a tsunami warning for the coastal areas of the country, and several IFSA-Butler students and their host families have been evacuated to higher ground. The cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar have well planned and organized evacuation routes, and the evacuation order is not expected to last long.

The tsunami warning also extended to other countries where IFSA-Butler has programs, including New Zealand. IFSA-Butler students in New Zealand are not likely to be affected by the warning but should follow emergency officials' instructions to stay out of coastal waters and away from beaches until the warning is lifted.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

An 8.3 magnitude earthquake hit along the coast of Chile Wednesday evening local time. The earthquake struck 34 miles west of Illapel, which is located 175 miles from Santiago and 155 miles from Valparaíso.

All IFSA-Butler students in Santiago and Valparaíso have been accounted for and are unharmed. IFSA-Butler resident directors in Lima, Peru, and Mendoza Argentina, where the quake was felt, have also confirmed the safety of our students.

In addition to verifying the safety of our program participants, IFSA-Butler's resident directors in these locations have asked students to contact their families to assure them that they are fine, and they also reminded students of the earthquake and aftershock safety precautions that were explained during IFSA-Butler's orientation at the beginning of the semester.

Please see the following links for more information:

U.S. Geological Survey



Fire in Adelaide, Australia

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A large fire in the downtown area of Adelaide, Australia, has required the evacuation of nearby residents and businesses. The fire is located a few blocks from the Urbanest apartment building where IFSA-Butler University of Adelaide students are housed, though Urbanest itself was not among the areas requiring evacuation. Our Student Services Coordinator in Adelaide has been in contact with our students living at Urbanest and has recommended that they stay indoors and comply with any instructions from authorities.

The area around the fire is expected to remain closed for one or more days.

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Tropcial Storm Erika

August 28, 2015

Tropical Storm Erika is currently making its way through the Caribbean on a projected path toward southern Florida. The latest projection estimates that the storm will pass the northeastern coastal area of Cuba by Sunday, August 30.

IFSA-Butler students studying at the University of Havana for the fall semester 2015 arrived on August 25, and they are currently participating in orientation activities with Resident Director Michelle Ranieri. During this time, Michelle will be extensively discussing health and safety, especially safety tips for severe weather conditions such as tropical storms and hurricanes.

We will continue to monitor the progress of the storm as it gets closer to Cuba and provide relevant updates as necessary.

Please see the following links for more information:

Security Update in Egypt

Early this morning, a car bomb exploded near a state security building and courthouse in a northern Cairo suburb, injuring 29 people. News reports indicate that the attack was carried out by Islamic State-affiliated militants.

Please note that IFSA-Butler students have not yet arrived for the fall semester and will not be visiting or traveling in this area. Additionally, after arriving in Cairo, students will be staying the night in a hotel near the airport before visiting the Pyramids the next day and heading to Alexandria.

Alexandria remains calm at this time, with a heightened security presence. During the program orientation, IFSA-Butler staff will talk extensively about safety and security in Egypt, how to remain safe while a student on the program and how to access emergency services. IFSA-Butler staff are on call and available to the students in Alexandria, and our Egypt resident director, Dr. Mohamed El-Komi, will be picking the students up at the airport and accompanying them to Alexandria for orientation and move-in.

For more information about the incident this morning, please see the following news stories:

Volcanic Eruption in Chile

Friday, April 24, 2015
Ashes from the Calbuco volcano have spread to Santiago. Although the ashes remain high in the air and very fine, our Santiago resident director is advising students to take the following precautions while outside:

  • Avoid running and other intensive outdoor excercise
  • Avoid sitting or stretching out on the ground
  • Wear long sleeve shirts and pants, not shorts
  • While outside, cover your mouth and nose with a mask or scarf; the IFSA-Butler office in Santiago has masks available for students
  • If possible, wear glasses instead of contacts

Ashes have not reached as far north as Valparaíso, but our Valparaíso resident director is available to advise students and to provide masks if necessary. Chilean officials estimate that the ashes should clear from the atmosphere by Monday.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Calbuco Volcano in Chile has erupted twice in the past 24 hours, spreading ash throughout the area and requiring the evacuation of local residents. The volcano is located in southern Chile in a sparsely populated area.

Because the volcano is about 625 miles from Santiago and about 700 miles from Valparaíso, no IFSA-Butler students were afffected by the eruption.

For more information on this situation, please visit the following news sites:

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