ISA Worldwide Alerts

The following alerts are to the best of ISA's knowledge gathered from direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council reports, CDC and WHO guidance, and expert consultation. Information is subject to change.

  • Tokyo

    January 1st, 2024

    In the early evening of January 1st (local time), a series of earthquakes (ranging from 5.7 to 7.6 magnitude) occurred off the west coast of Japan in Ishiwaka prefecture. The tremors were centered approximately 250 miles from Tokyo. Damage to buildings, power outages, and disruption to public transportation have been reported throughout the country. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued tsunami warnings for the prefectures of Ishikawa, Niigata and Toyama, but authorities indicate the threat has largely passed.

    TEAN resident staff in Tokyo confirmed the earthquakes caused no immediate damage in the city. Currently, there are no active TEAN programs in Japan and we do not anticipate any impact on our Spring 2024 programs in Tokyo. WorldStrides will continue to monitor the situation and update this Worldwide Alert accordingly. 

  • Prague

    December 21st, 2023

    In the afternoon hours of December 21st, a deadly shooting occurred in central Prague at a building operated by Charles University. Local authorities quickly secured the scene and reported that the threat was neutralized. At this time, the area around Jan Palach Square remains closed as police investigate the incident.

    All ISA programs in Prague finished by December 16th and ISA is not currently hosting any students in the city. ISA will continue to closely monitor the situation and update this alert as necessary. 
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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.


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