UVa Students in London Safe

By: Whitney Holmes
By: Whitney Holmes

July 7, 2005

All 117 UVA students studying in the London area have been accounted for.

The 68 and 38 students studying at UVa programs at Oxford University and Regents College, respectively, were located early Thursday morning. The remaining 11 were not accounted for until noon because they were studying at programs not associated with UVa.

According to UVa's International Studies student advisor, Tim Wojoski, the timing of the bombs made a majority of the students easy to locate.

"Because the bombings did occur early in the morning, the students were either in class or hadn't left for class yet, so we were able to get in touch with students directly," he said.

The Newsplex spoke with one man in London who was near Russell Square, the location of the bus explosion.

"[It was] the most incredibly loud thing I've ever heard. It was like a thunder clap, but where you'd expect it to roll on and keep going, it just stopped dead in the air," recounted Robert Owen. "It almost sent a horrible shiver down [my] spine. It was just unlike anything I've ever experienced."

Owen said he looked on the only source of information he had to find out what had happened, the internet. But the information came through slowly and it took some time before the blasts were confirmed.

Owen said he was able to contact his loved ones and ensure they were alright, as his loved ones did the same for him.

"It was the most amazing thing about the whole experience this morning. Although this was a terrible terrible occurance, so many people--all of a sudden--just sprung to life in that respect. There were loved ones emailing, checking [to make sure] that everyone in London is okay. And it sent out such a clear message, [that] in the face of this horrible act of terrorism, there is so much love and care for everyone involved."

The 38 students from the Regents College program will return home Friday, following the end of their term.

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