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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.


Central Italy

January 18, 2017

On Wednesday morning, January 18th, a series of earthquakes with approximate magnitudes ranging from 5.3 - 5.7 hit central Italy, with aftershocks following. The epicenter of the earthquakes was close to the town of Amatrice. No casualties are being reported at this time, but heavy snow in the area blocking roads is slowing down authorities as they make an assessment. The earthquakes were felt in Rome, which is located approximately 90 kilometers from the epicenter. ISA Rome staff has confirmed that ISA students currently in Rome are safe and accounted for. The metro in Rome has been closed as a precaution. The earthquakes were not felt in Florence or Milan. ISA Italy staff is in touch with students and encouraging them to contact their families. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.



January 11, 2017

On January 11th, Chile's National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry declared a red alert, the highest on a four-tier warning system, for the city of Valparaiso, as the result of an ongoing wildfire. The wildfire is occurring on the La Pólvora highway near the Logistic Support Extension Area of the Valparaíso port (ZEAL). The Logistic Support Extension Area is situated uphill from downtown Valparaiso. ISA students live and study in the low zone of the city, and do not access the La Pólvora highway to go to and from the host university. Electricity was shutdown in Valparaiso as a preventative measure, although ISA resident staff has reported that it has started to be restored in some parts of the city. Classes at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso continued as normal today, and ISA Chile resident staff have advised students to stay close to home this evening until electricity is completely restored in the city. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students appropriately.

Costa Rica

Cartago, Heredia, and San Jose

January 6, 2017

Costa Rica's government issued a green alert for San Jose and nearby cities on Thursday, January 5th due to the eruption of volcano Turrialba. The volcano, which is located about 40 miles northeast of San Jose and moderately active, "has had continual eruptions marked by the constant expulsion of ash" according to the National Emergencies Commission (CNE). The ISA resident staff reported that wind has blown ash to Heredia and San Jose, as well as other nearby cities; however, the level of ash fall in Cartago, Heredia, and San Jose is currently modest. All ISA students expected to arrive in Costa Rica on Saturday, January 7th have been advised of the current situation, safety precautions, and what to do in the event their flight is delayed as a result of the ash. Students will receive a complete health and safety orientation when they arrive in Costa Rica, including how to stay healthy and protect themselves from the ash. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.



December 18, 2016

On Sunday, December 18th, there were reports of a deadly shooting attack on police near the town of Karak, Jordan, which is approximately 120 kilometers south of Amman. The incident took place in and around the Karak Castle tourist attraction, and early reports indicate that some people who were taken hostage have since been released. At the time of this report, the situation is on-going and Jordanian police are still searching for the gunmen believed to have been involved in the attack.

All ISA Amman students are safe and accounted for in the capital city. The ISA Amman resident director reported that things remain calm in Amman and the students have been advised to stay in their program city until their scheduled departure tomorrow, Monday, December 19th. ISA is continuing to monitor the situation and the Amman resident director will continue to advise students appropriately.

South Korea


December 9, 2016

South Korea's President, Park Guen-Hye's impeachment vote has passed the National Assembly on December 9, 2016, and Park's presidency has been officially suspended. While the Constitutional Court of Korea reviews the endorsed motion to justify the impeachment, the Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn will be acting President for the duration of the court's deliberation. A large protest is currently planned for December 10, 2016 at Gwangwhamun area and sporadic protests in Seoul and other cities may continue to occur while the Constitutional Court of Korea is reviewing the motion, ISA students have been advised not to participate in any protests and to limit their time near the city hall in the Gwanghwamun area and near Anguk station where the Constitutional Court of Korea is located.

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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.