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Volcanic Eruption in Chile

Friday, April 24, 2015
Ashes from the Calbuco volcano have spread to Santiago. Although the ashes remain high in the air and very fine, our Santiago resident director is advising students to take the following precautions while outside:

  • Avoid running and other intensive outdoor excercise
  • Avoid sitting or stretching out on the ground
  • Wear long sleeve shirts and pants, not shorts
  • While outside, cover your mouth and nose with a mask or scarf; the IFSA-Butler office in Santiago has masks available for students
  • If possible, wear glasses instead of contacts

Ashes have not reached as far north as Valparaíso, but our Valparaíso resident director is available to advise students and to provide masks if necessary. Chilean officials estimate that the ashes should clear from the atmosphere by Monday.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Calbuco Volcano in Chile has erupted twice in the past 24 hours, spreading ash throughout the area and requiring the evacuation of local residents. The volcano is located in southern Chile in a sparsely populated area.

Because the volcano is about 625 miles from Santiago and about 700 miles from Valparaíso, no IFSA-Butler students were afffected by the eruption.

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