|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: