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Students Safe in Chile Following Earthquake

IFSA-Butler has confirmed that all students in Chile are fine following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake. The quake hit 26 miles north of Valparaíso just after midnight on Tuesday. No damage was reported in Santiago or Valparaíso.

For more information:

http://www.santiagotimes.cl/chile/other/23697-magnitude-67-earthquake-strikes-chile

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-04-17/Chile-earthquake/54332564/1

 
Earthquake in Santiago, Chile

A 6.0 earthquake shook Chile, on Sunday, March 25. All IFSA-Butler students, host families and staff in both Santiago and Valparaíso are accounted for and fine. There was no significant damage related to the aftershock.

 
Mexico Program Unaffected by Earthquake

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has hit Mexico City and areas to the south of the city. Our program location in Mérida is several hours southeast of Mexico City and was unaffected by the quake.

Map of Mexico

 
Protests in Chile

Friday, March 16, 2012

IFSA-Butler staff in Chile and the U.S. are monitoring high school and university student protests in Santiago. The protesters are accusing the Chilean government of failing to meet student demands from protests in 2011, and they say many of the student movement's leaders were not allowed to register for classes this semester due to their participation in previous protests.

Because the march was not authorized by the government, there was police presence which resulted in clashes between students and police. News outlets are reporting that over 50 protesters were arrested.

The IFSA-Butler resident director in Santiago, Isabel Yevenes, notified students on Wednesday to stay out of downtown Santiago on Thursday. University classes were not disrupted on Thursday, and all IFSA-Butler students followed their normal academic schedule. Isabel has accounted for all IFSA-Butler students, and will continue to notify them of any new planned protest activities so that our students can avoid demonstration areas.

Any pertinent updates will be posted on our website. For more information, please see the following news outlets:

BBC
Santiago Times

 

 
IFSA-Butler Students Safe in Buenos Aires

On Wednesday, February 22, a tragic accident in the Once train station in Buenos Aires killed 49 passengers and injured hundreds more. IFSA-Butler's Buenos Aires resident director, Mario Cantarini, confirmed that no IFSA-Butler students, staff or host families were involved in this accident. Our semester 1 Buenos Aires students are currently at the IFSA-Butler orientation, and all semester 1 and academic year students have been accounted for.

The Once train station is a commuter train station that serves residents coming to Buenos Aires from suburbs and outlying communities. IFSA-Butler students do not live near the Once train station, nor do they take classes in this area. Although our students do take buses and subway trains to get to classes in Buenos Aires, IFSA-Butler resident staff strongly advise students to avoid the Once station and its surrounding neighborhood because it is not considered a safe area.

 

IFSA-Butler will continue to monitor this situation and to issue updates as necessary. For more information, please see the following news outlets:

MSNBC

BBC

La Nacion

 
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