Earthquake In New Zealand Has Direct Ties To Wayne County

By KPass | Earlham College

Feb 22


February 22, 2011 – 11:00 a.m.

Earlham College, Richmond IN

RICHMOND, Ind. — “Earlham College students studying in New Zealand are safe following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck the island nation earlier today. Director of International Programs Patty Lamson reports that she has received word from program director Jay Roberts that all are safe and accounted for.

“We are obviously deeply concerned for the students’ safety and we are consulting about ways in which the operation of the program may be effected. ” she says.

Lamson notes that Roberts, an associate professor who also directs Earlham’s Wilderness Programs, is skilled in leading programs in adverse conditions.

“The group is obviously dealing with changed conditions that are typical in the wake of an earthquake.  Although we have had direct communication with the program, we understand that phone lines have been compromised so communication may be spotty,” she notes.

Seventeen Earlham College students are spending this semester in New Zealand along with Jay Roberts, his wife, Marcie, and their two young daughters.

We will release additional information as it becomes available.” (Earlham College)

Marcie Roberts

Note: Marcie Roberts is also School Coordinator for the Richmond Friends School.  She is on leave from her work at RFS while in New Zealand, with her husband Jay Roberts and daughters Ellie and Arden, who also attend RFS.  The parents, teachers, staff and children all wish them safe travels.

About the Author

Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.