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Volcanic Erpution in Costa Rica

Saturday, May 21
11 a.m. EST

The Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica, located 30 miles west of the capital city of San Jose, has erupted. The volcano is not expected to interrupt IFSA-Butler students' classes or daily lives, but we are advising those with allergies or breathing problems to wear masks when outdoors due to ash in the air.

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6.8 Earthquake in Ecuador

May 18, 2016
3:30 p.m. EST

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck near Esmeraldas, Ecuador, located along the northern coast of the country and approximately 200 miles northwest of our program location in the capital city Quito. IFSA-Butler's spring semester in Ecuador ended in early May, so our students have not been affected by this earthquake.

IFSA-Butler is happy to answer questions about this situation. Feel free to call our office at 800-858-0229.

For additional information, please see the following news reports:

 
Bus Fire in Jerusalem

April 18, 2016

A bus fire in South Jerusalem has injured at least 15 people. According to initial reports, an explosion took place on empty bus, which set fire to an adjacent bus filled with passengers. The cause of the explosion is now being investigated.

Our resident director in Israel, Monica Wasserbach, reported that all IFSA-Butler students are accounted for. Since it is holiday break, all but one student is traveling outside of Jerusalem. Before departing on travels, Monica provided students with further safety instructions for traveling, as well as the emergency phone number to contact IFSA-Butler if needed.

We will continue to follow this story and provide any relevant updates as necessary. For more information, please see the following news reports:

 
Heavy Rains and Flooding in Santiago, Chile

April 18, 2016

Over the weekend, heavy rains in central Chile caused major flooding as well as landslides in the nearby mountainous regions. These factors have caused water shortages throughout many cities in Chile, including Santiago. Some water supply has been contaminated and at this time is unsafe to drink in several areas of the city. Chile's National Office for Emergency (ONEMI) has issued a red alert for the affected areas, and they are currently working on restoring the water supply to the remainder of the city.

Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are not affected by this alert.

Classes and activities at the Universidad de Chile, Universidad Diego Portales and the Universidad Católica in Santiago have been suspended today. The IFSA-Butler Santiago office is also closed for the day; however, our resident director will be working from home. Students can contact our resident director via email or phone if they have any questions or concerns about the current situation.

For more information on this, please see the following reports:

 
Earthquake in Ecuador

April 17, 2016

On April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near the coast of Ecuador, approximately 150 miles northwest of the capital city Quito. Several strong aftershocks ranging from 5.5 to 7.4 on the Richter scale have occurred since the initial quake, and more aftershocks are predicted through the remainder of the day. Approximately 70 people have died and over 600 individuals have been injured, largely in Ecuador's coastal areas. Authorities have sent emergency services to the affected regions to help with relief efforts and assistance. 

A tsunami alert was initially issued for the coast of Ecuador, as well as northern Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia. That alert has now been lifted.

All IFSA-Butler students in Ecuador are accounted for and doing well. Our resident director in Ecuador, Daniel Bryan, reported that the group is currently in their Amazon communities; therefore, they were not directly affected by the earthquake. 

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide any relevant updates as necessary.

For additional information, please see the following reports:

BBC

USA Today

New York Times

Please feel free to contact IFSA-Butler if you have any questions or concerns.

 
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