|July 21 earthquake in New Zealand|
New Zealand Earthquake near Wellington New Zealand on July 21
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake occurred 35 miles south southeast of Wellington, New Zealand, on Sunday morning local time. There was no tsunami warning issued and no major structural damage reported, but there were two injuries reported. While isolated power outages have occurred, most residents do have power and other utilities.
Guy Ferguson, IFSA-Butler's student services coordinator in Wellington, has contacted all IFSA-Butler students in the area to ensure that they are safe. Because earthquakes can be unsettling, students are urged to call him if they want to talk. Local university staff will also be available to speak to our students about any safety concerns.
Both of IFSA-Butler's affiliated universities in Wellington, Victoria University and Massey University Wellington, are closed on Monday July 22, to ensure that no structural damage occurred to campus facilities. Classes will likely resume on Tuesday.
Train and air travel are suspended until further notice. Wellington authorities are asking residents not to go into the central business district on Monday, July 22, so that engineers and authorities have the chance to check the city for damage.
As a nation that is part of the earthquake zone known as the Ring of Fire, residents of New Zealand and its government are prepared for responding to earthquakes. Buildings and infrastructure are built under strict standards to withstand earthquakes. In addition, all IFSA-Butler students in New Zealand are prepped about earthquake safety during orientation, and the IFSA-Butler New Zealand Student Handbook contains additional information about earthquake safety.
There will be an update to this message on Monday, July 22.
Victoria University: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/home/default
Massey University Wellington: http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm?mnarticle_uuid=085C780B-F49C-E889-7998-DDC4E153D448
http://www.getthru.govt.nz/web/GetThru.nsf/web/BOWN-7GY5TP Instructions about how to prepare for an earthquake as well as what to do when one occurs and what to do afterwards.
http://www.google.org/publicalerts/alert?aid=648ba36324a7131a&hl=en&gl=US&source=web Update from the US Geological survey with map showing distance from land and Wellington city.
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