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Whitworth students safe after Costa Rica earthquake

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A 7.6-magnitude earthquake rattled most of Costa Rica at 8:42 a.m. local time Wednesday morning. According to a news release, Whitworth University received confirmation that the students, faculty and staff at Whitworth’s Costa Rica Center are safe and unharmed. The power has gone out but back-up generators are providing limited power.

Parents of the 19 students in attendance are being contacted by phone through the Whitworth president’s office to assure them that their students are safe, provide more information and answer questions.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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