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IFSA-Butler Students Accounted for Following Chile Earthquake and Aftershocks

Thursday, April 3, 2014

IFSA-Butler students in Chile are accounted for following a 7.6 magnitude aftershock late on Wednesday. The Chilean government issued an evacuation order for the coastal areas surrounding the earthquake, as well as a tsunami warning, but both were cancelled earlier today. Please see the April 2 information below for details on IFSA-Butler's earthquake response and student safety precautions.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

An 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit along the coastlines of Chile, Peru and Ecuador late on Tuesday, April 1. All IFSA-Butler students in Chile have been accounted for.

The Chilean government issued a tsunami alert and mandatory evacuation for all coastal residents, but this evacuation order did not affect our students in Chile, as our program cities of Santiago and Valparaiso are very far from the center of the earthquake. The tsunami alert was cancelled Wednesday morning. Our resident director in Peru has also verified that IFSA-Butler students in Lima are fine and did not feel the earthquake.

IFSA-Butler's resident directors in Santiago and Valparaiso have responded to the earthquake with the following safety precautions and reminders:

  • A U.S. Embassy statement to all U.S. citizens in Chile was sent out to all IFSA-Butler Chile students.
  • Students have been asked to contact their families to assure them that they are fine.
  • University classes in Valparaiso were cancelled today and will resume as soon as officials, as a normal precaution, can verify that campus buildings are safe. Our Valparaiso resident director, Mark Sinclair, will notify all students once university classes resume.

Please see the following links for more information:

U.S. Geological Survey
The New York Times

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