The Chile Earthquake: U.S. Students Safe

March 1, 2010

Early reports are encouraging about the safety of American students in Chile, which suffered a major earthquake Saturday. During the 2007-8 academic year, Chile was the 19th most popular destination for study abroad, attracting 2,739 students from colleges in the United States, according to the Institute of International Education. Among colleges that have verified that all of their students in Chile are safe are: Middlebury College, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Notre Dame and the University of South Carolina. Officials at Harding University, which has a study center in Chile, said that it sustained only minor damage, and that no decision has been made on whether to send a group of students who are scheduled to go there this week. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville said that 67 M.B.A. students were en route to Chile when the earthquake struck, and their flights were diverted. Several faculty members who were already in Chile are safe.

Chile is home to many advanced telescopes used by scientists from around the world. An article in Discovery News discusses the earthquake-safety measures used at some of the facilities.

Some colleges and universities, such as the City University of New York, are expanding ongoing efforts to help those in or from Haiti to include those affected by the earthquake in Chile.

The University of Hawaii closed all of its campuses Saturday as the state operated under a tsunami warning related to the earthquake, but when the warning was lifted, the campuses reopened.

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