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Heavy Rains Hit Buenos Aires

October 30, 2012

Strong rains and heavy winds hit Buenos Aires yesterday, causing flooding throughout the area. Most of the flooding happened outside of the city in the Buenos Aires province, but one neighborhood where IFSA-Butler students live, Belgrano, experienced flash flooding in the streets. Several subway and bus lines were shut down and electricity was intermittent throughout the day.

Our IFSA-Butler resident director has confirmed that all Buenos Aires students are accounted for and doing well. IFSA-Butler will continue to monitor this situation and post any updates.

For more information, please see the following media outlets:

Buenos Aires Herald

Washington Post

El Clarín (in Spanish)

IFSA-Butler Statement on Hurricane Sandy

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is predicting that Hurricane Sandy will make landfall on the East Coast on the night of October 29 and may cause heavy rain and winds from 75 to 110 mph. We are issuing the following communications suggestions for our students and parents:

For students on an IFSA-Butler program: If you are from the north east and/or east coast area (down to the Carolinas), we suggest that you get in touch with your immediate family members in the U.S. Ask for their plans and alternate contact information in case their phone service is disrupted. If you need any further assistance, please feel free to contact your IFSA-Butler resident director.

For parents and families: If you are in the affected region, we suggest that you contact your student abroad and let them know your plans for alternative housing, temporary phone numbers, etc. If you need help contacting your student, please call IFSA-Butler at 800-858-0229 and ask for an assistant director.

Please see the following resources for more information:

The New York Times 

National Hurricane Center

6.6 Earthquake in Costa Rica

October 24, 2012

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica on Tuesday evening. The location of the earthquake was 85 miles west of Heredia, which is a similar epicenter to the earthquake that the country experienced on September 5. No damages have been reported and there is no threat of a tsunami.

The IFSA-Butler Costa Rica resident director, Teresita Camacho, confirmed that all students are accounted for and fine. Please see the following websites for more information:

The Tico Times
U.S. Geological Society
Yahoo News

Chile Experiences 5.7 Earthquake

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Chile on Thursday afternoon. The epicenter was in Los Andes, approximately 95 miles from Valparaíso and 30 miles from Santiago. Both of our resident directors in Chile have contacted all students to verify that they are safe.

There are no reports of significant injuries or property damages, and no tsunami alert has been issued by the Chilean government.

For more information:

Biobio Chile

Chilean Navy Report

Update on Protests in Response to Anti-Islam Film

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Over the weekend, several IFSA-Butler program cities experienced large demonstrations and protests in response to the controversial anti-Islam film produced in the United States. IFSA-Butler continues to monitor protest events worldwide, specifically in the following program locations: Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt; Jerusalem, Israel; Sydney, Australia; and London, England. As of today, none of these locations, nor any other IFSA-Butler program location has reported any protest activity.

IFSA-Butler communicated with all program participants over the weekend, providing tips on how to remain safe should they encounter a demonstration or protest in their city. Students were also reminded to contact their local resident staff should they need assistance at any time.

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