This section is for periodic updates of world events – natural disasters, political situations, disease outbreaks – that are currently affecting or could affect our programming locations and the participants that are or will be onsite.
A series of explosions occurred in Bangkok in several locations this morning. At least four people were injured. There are no CIS Abroad students or interns in Bangkok currently, our participants in Chiang Mai are reported safe.
An earthquake hit Athens, Greece, just after 2 p.m. local time today, causing strong shaking in the capital city for a few seconds. The earthquake was a 5.1 magnitude, according to an alert from the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center. All CIS Abroad students are safe and accounted for, and have been reminded of earthquake safety protocol. Our site director will continue to keep in close contact with students. At this time has been no reported serious damage or injuries immediately after the quake.
CIS Abroad was informed of a terrible event today in the usually peaceful city of Kyoto, Japan.
A fire, likely the result of an arson attack, has claimed the lives of more than 33 people at a local animation studio and many more have been injured. The attack happened at a famous Anime Studio, Kyoto Animation, Co. We have no reason to believe that any CIS Abroad students would have been inside the building of this private company, nevertheless we are reaching out to confirm the safety of every individual student in Kyoto.
Our thoughts are with those who lost their lives today and the families who survive them.
Earlier today a volcano erupted on Stromboli Island, killing a man from Sicily. Stromboli Island is located off the coast of Sicily and the southernmost part of Italy. It’s a few hundred miles from any of our program locations and we don’t have any activities in the area planned.
Our thoughts and best wishes go to the man and his family and we will continue to monitor the situation and be in touch with our students onsite.
In the greater Tokyo area a man attacked multiple people with a knife on Tuesday, May 28th. Two people were killed and others injured. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the victims and their families. No CISabroad students were hurt in this incident.
CISabroad will continue to checkin with all students onsite and monitor the situation.
On May 24th there was an explosion in Lyon, France. Authorities say it was more than likely a parcel bomb, set off deliberately. At this time there are no reported fatalities.
CISabroad will stay up to date on the incident in case further attacks occur and are in touch with our students onsite. Currently all CISabroad students in France are safe and uninjured.
We are devastated to learn of the fire that has encapsulated Notre Dame Cathedral. Our thoughts are with the people of Paris and this iconic landmark.
We can confirm all CISabroad students have checked in with our onsite team and are safe, they have been advised to stay away from the area around Notre Dame.
The fire is in the center of the building, where it is difficult to access. The main spire has fallen, and the damage to the interior is not known.
More information can be found here.
There was a dorm fire early Thursday morning that has displaced around 220 students. Luckily, no students were severely harmed and all of our students are accounted for. Our thoughts are with all the students affected by this and our onsite team is there to support them.
CISabroad is aware of the attack on a tram in Utrecht, Netherlands this morning. We do not currently have any participants in the country. Our thought are with the victims and their families.
We can confirm all students studying in New Zealand are safe and accounted for since the Friday afternoon mosque shootings in Christchurch.
Our onsite and extended team will continue to provide support during this devastating time. We can also confirm that none of our students studying in Australia are currently visiting, nor have plans to travel to New Zealand over the upcoming weekend.
Our deepest thoughts and most sincere condolences go out to our colleagues in New Zealand and the friends and relatives of the victims.