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Worldwide Alerts

The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.

Chile

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Overseas Security Advisory Council issued an alert this morning that there has been an increase in anarchist activity involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Santiago. No one has been hurt and no deaths have occurred as a result of these tactics. The IEDs are believed to serve the purpose of displaying solidarity with certain imprisoned Chilean expatriates and have previously been used to protest capitalism and globalization. These events are very isolated. Staff are in contact with students and on high alert. They are prepared to immediately respond to any increase in violence or security risks.

South Africa

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

During the afternoon of Tuesday, August 5th, local time, an earthquake hit South Africa approximately six kilometers east of Orkney, a town in the northwest region of the country. Although the magnitude has yet to be confirmed, it has been reported between 5.3 and 6.3 on the Richter scale, and it was felt throughout different major South African cities, including Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. As a precaution, a number of buildings were evacuated in the cities where the earthquake was felt. While the effects are still being assessed, only minor damages have been reported thus far. All ISA students are safe and accounted for. We will continue to monitor the situation and make recommendations to students as appropriate.

Argentina

Monday, July 14, 2014

On July 13th, isolated rioting occurred in downtown Buenos Aires after Argentina's loss in the final match of the World Cup. The rioting occurred in Buenos Aires' "centro" district, an area ISA students do not typically frequent. All ISA students are safe and accounted for, and we will continue to closely monitor the situation and make recommendations to students as needed.

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For further information, please refer to ISA's Health and Safety section, particularly the information regarding the monitoring of world-wide security levels.