Earthquake in Italy a scare for Boise exchange student

Posted at 6:25 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 20:36:44-04

The death toll continues to rise in Italy after a deadly earthquake killed over 100 people.

Wednesday night, rescue efforts were under way as first responders hope to save those trapped underneath debris.

The 6-point-2 magnitude earthquake violently erupting in the middle of the night.

Aftershocks and tremors were felt along the length of the country

The state department is urging Americans impacted by the earthquake to call the embassy and contact family any way they can.

A foreign exchange student from Italy has been in the U.S. for the past two weeks.

Wednesday was the 17-year-old's first day of classes at Borah High School.

Luckily, her family lives on one of Italy's islands, Sardinia, and was not effected by the earthquake. It was still a scare to hear the news.

She looks forward to her school year in Idaho.

"It's hard because sometimes you are homesick, you're staying with a new family, it's a new language, new school. It's a new world," said Michelind Serusi, a Council on International Educational Exchange, or CIEE, student. "So, it's not easy but I think it will be a beautiful experience."

Serusi says the biggest difference between school in Italy and here in the U.S. is changing classrooms every hour.