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