by Jason Lamb
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After Tuesday's powerful earthquake in Chile, NewsChannel 5 checked in with several college students from Nashville who are in the country studying abroad.
Immediately after the earthquake, students said phone and internet lines were jammed with people trying to tell loved ones they were unharmed.
One student who grew up in Nashville and was living near the coast of Chile while studying abroad said she had to be evacuated away from shore as the threat of a tsunami loomed.
Because of Chile's long coastline, several people in some parts of the country didn't even feel the earthquake. One group of students from Lipscomb reached out on Twitter to get the word out that they were safe.
"I guess it was just the most convenient way," said Adriana Leon, one of the Lipscomb students studying abroad. "That way, other people who also follow Lipscomb were aware of what was going on in Chile if they hadn't heard about it already."
There are a total of 18 students from Lipscomb University in Chile right now, as a part of the university's global learning study abroad program.