|Earthquake in Chile|
Valparaíso program update
Updated Saturday, February 27, 9:15 a.m. EST
All IFSA-Butler students in Santiago have been accounted for and are safe with their host families.
Updated Saturday, February 27, 8:45 a.m. EST
IFSA-Butler is monitoring the situation in Chile, where a magnitude 8.8 earthquake hit this morning at 3:34 a.m. local time (1:34 a.m. EST). The earthquake was centered near Concepcion, about 7 hours south of Santiago.
As of 9 a.m. EST Saturday, IFSA-Butler has managed to reach about half of the students currently studying in Santiago. These students were with their host families and reported that they were fine. Our staff in the U.S. and in Santiago are working continually to reach the other students, as well as to contact all parents of students currently in Santiago.
Our Valparaiso program has not yet begun for the semester, so no semester 2 students have arrived in that city yet. IFSA-Butler staff have reached the two full-year students who are currently studying in Valparaiso, and reported that they are fine.
News outlets are reporting that power, phone lines and water supplies have been disrupted and that some buildings have collapsed. However, building codes are strictly enforced in Santiago and Valparaiso, thus the majority of damage has been to very old structures.
Tsunami warnings have also been issued for the entire coast of Chile and Peru, with lesser warnings for Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Antarctica.