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Tsunami Warning for Chile, Peru

IFSA-Butler's resident offices have been in contact with students in Chile and Peru to alert them of a tsunami warning. The tsunami is a result of a 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on Friday, and the warning extends to coastal regions in South America.

Australia and New Zealand were initially under a tsunami warning, but authorities have now lifted the warnings for both countries. Regardless, IFSA-Butler has been in contact with students in both countries to reassure them and to emphasize the safety precautions below.

Some of the tsunami safety precautions that we have given to students, both at orientation and again today, include:

  • Stay away from beaches
  • Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities)
  • Do not go sightseeing
  • Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates
  • Follow instructions of your local civil defense authorities
  • Share this information with friends
  • Contact your parents to assure them that you are okay

The tsunami warning applies to the following IFSA-Butler program locations:

The west coast of Mexico and coastal areas of Costa Rica are also under a tsunami warning. However, our program locations of Mérida, Mexico and Heredia, Costa Rica are not affected, as Heredia is inland and Mérida is on the east coast of Mexico.

For more information, we recommend the following websites:

International Herald Tribune
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Peru Civil Defense
(in Spanish)
Chile National Emergency Office (in Spanish)


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