|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.