Earthquake in New Zealand

October 30, 2018 6:35 pm

What’s Happening?

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit the central North Island on Tuesday afternoon, local time. It was widely felt throughout the North Island with a few accounts of it being felt in the South Island. There are no reports of any injuries, damage, threat of a tsunami, or volcanic activity. The New Zealand parliament was suspended due to the seismic activity as a precaution. According to The Guardian, “Civil Defence Minister Kris Fa’afoi said civil emergency groups were actively checking the country for damage but there had been no reports of anything ‘major’, nor injuries or fatalities.”

What IFSA is doing

All students are safe and accounted for by IFSA’s on-site staff and Resident Director. Students were reminded of the earthquake safety instructions that were shared during orientation, in the event of any aftershocks. IFSA’s full-time Health and Safety team will continue to monitor the events in New Zealand and update emergency contacts as needed.

In the event of an emergency, IFSA’s Health and Safety team works with the resident staff in each host country to ensure students are accounted for and receive the proper support and care. Health and Safety constantly monitors international news and governmental reports in order to assess worldwide security conditions and respond quickly. On-site Resident Directors guide students through safety practices and consistently check in, providing any information and support needed. At the beginning of each program, students are given an emergency phone number to contact our resident staff and our emergency assistance provider 24/7.

IFSA adheres to the health, safety, security, and risk management guidelines and best practices in the field of international education as established by NAFSA and the Forum on Education Abroad. IFSA’s Health and Safety team consults regularly with governmental agencies, private sector resources, and safety and security professionals in the field of international education. This broad network allows us to remain well-informed and up to date on best practices.

More information

If you would like more information regarding the earthquake, please see the following media outlets:

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