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MADISON (WKOW) -- A group of UW-Madison students are in Haiti right now.

WKOW in Madison has learned they managed to escape the quake unharmed.

5 students and one advisor arrived in Haiti on Sunday, as part of an engineering program.

3 days into their week long trip, they felt the tremors.

Luckily, they were on the opposite side of the Caribbean nation.

Senior Eyleen Chou blogged about the disaster an hour after it happened, saying that they're okay and only felt a mere tremor.

The students are in Haiti for "Engineering Without Borders," a group that helps impoverished nations design and build major projects.

The Vice President of EWB says "The Haiti trip, they stay at a church. They have all their meals there, then they go to different places."

According to the group's blog, they've helped construct a bridge, installed a solar power system, and is currently working on the design and construction of a medical clinic.

The kind of projects they work on are meant to survive the kind of natural disaster they experienced first-hand Tuesday.

The group was scheduled to come home on the 15th but now that could be delayed, since communication to and from Haiti are unreliable for the time being.

Online Reporter: Ashley Gatz

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