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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.

New Zealand


Sunday, February 14, 2016

On Sunday, February 14, 2016, an estimated 5.7 magnitude earthquake occurred around 1:13 p.m. local time in Christchurch, New Zealand. While effects from the earthquake were felt in the immediate area, along with several minor aftershocks, there have been no reports of major injuries. There are presently no ISA participants in Christchurch as the ISA Spring 1 group is currently participating in ISA's Bridging Cultures Program in Auckland until February 17th, when they are scheduled to depart for Christchurch. As a result of the earthquake, ISA's host institution is inspecting all university buildings as directed by university protocol and will update the ISA resident staff on findings once complete.

The ISA Christchurch Spring program remains scheduled to begin as planned this week and no effect on students' arrival is anticipated at this time. The ISA resident staff and our office of Health, Safety, and Security will continue to monitor the situation and advise all ISA Christchurch students accordingly, including any resulting safety recommendations in light of this afternoon's earthquake.


Sunday, February 7th, 2016

On the morning of February 7th, around 9:30 a.m. local time, North Korea's state-run television media announced that the North Korean military had successfully launched a rocket carrying a satellite into space. A U.S. defense official said that, based on the rocket's trajectory, it did not pose a threat to the U.S. or our allies. The launch occurred about a month after North Korea's purported hydrogen bomb test. An emergency U.N. Security Council meeting will take place on Sunday at 11 a.m. in New York, the purpose of which will be to discuss a potential international response.

All ISA Seoul students have been accounted for and are safe. They have also been informed of this latest development. It is still unclear whether any further security measures will be taken in South Korea, however, ISA will continue to monitor the situation closely and update accordingly.

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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.