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Volcanic Eruption in Chile

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A volcanic eruption in southern Chile occurred early this morning, Tuesday, March 3, at 3:00 a.m. local time. The Villarica Volcano is located over 380 miles south of Santiago and Valparaíso; therefore, it poses no risk to IFSA-Butler students who are currently studying on our programs in Chile. Nearby towns have been evacuated and there have been no reports of injuries at this time.

Students studying in Santiago are in the middle of their program orientation in the city, and they have sessions scheduled at the Universidad de Chile today. Valparaíso students just started their classes this week at the university. All students have been accounted for by our resident directors. Students have been advised of the situation and have been asked to forgo any travel plans to this region for the time being, as Villarica Volcano is a popular tourist destination during the Chilean summer months.

During the IFSA-Butler program orientation, the resident directors speak extensively about staying healthy and safe while in Chile. This discussion includes travel safety, and the importance of informing IFSA-Butler of any travel plans before departing the city. Additionally, the IFSA-Butler resident staff can be reached at a 24/7 emergency number should students need assistance while in Chile.

For more information about this volcanic eruption, please refer to the following media outlets:

BBC News

ABC News

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