Worldwide Alerts

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SPAIN
ARGENTINA
Dominican Republic
Chile
Chile

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.

SPAIN

Wednesday, August 27th

Staff at Adolofo Suarez Madrid - Barajas Airport have organized a strike during parts of each day on August 29th, 30th and 31st 2014. This strike is to protest government plans to privatize the airport. It is scheduled to take place from3pm - 8pm local time (8am-1pm CST) on August 29th and from7am - 10am local time (12am-3am CST) on August 31st. The strike hours for August 30th have not yet been announced. It is possible that students will experience flight delays and cancellations between August 29th-31st. All students likely to be affected by this strike have been contacted and made aware of possible travel interruptions. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and update students as necessary.

ARGENTINA

Wednesday, August, 27th

A national labor strike is scheduled to occur acrossArgentina on Thursday, August, 28th. While the strike is expected to be peaceful, disruptions to public services including mass transit systems, public hospitals, and select banks and businesses are likely. All students have been informed of the strike and reminded that participation in protests is against theISA Code of Conduct. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and update students as necessary.

Dominican Republic

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

On August 25th, a forming tropical depression passed over the island of Hispaniola, bringing heavy rains to the entire island. The intense rain lead to isolated flooding throughout parts of the Dominican Republic. The storm has now passed and all ISA students are safe and accounted for. We will continue to monitor the weather and update students as necessary.

Chile

Saturday, August 23rd 8:17 PM CST


During the evening of Saturday, August 23rd at 7:23pm, local time, an earthquake occurred in Chile approximately 18 kilometers northwest of the town of Hacienda La Calera. The U.S. Geological Society has reported that the quake registered as a 6.4 on the Richter scale, and it was felt throughout different major cities in Chile, including Santiago and Valparaiso/Vina del Mar. Three aftershocks were felt shortly after the earthquake. No tsunami alerts have been issued at this time. While the effects are still being assessed, only minor damages have been reported thus far, though internet and phone connection problems can be expected. All ISA students are safe and accounted for. We will continue to monitor the situation and make recommendations to students as appropriate.

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.

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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.