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Missionaries Safe After Major Earthquake in New Zealand

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of New Zealand’s North Shore, triggering low-level tsunami activity. The main quake was followed by a series of aftershocks, one measuring up to a 6.2.

The New Zealand Hamilton mission president, Jeffrey D. Cummings, made the following statement on Facebook:

Dear Parents and Family,
You may have heard news reports of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck 100 kilometres off the northeast coast of New Zealand with possible tsunami like activity and aftershocks. I want to assure you that all of the missionaries in the New Zealand Hamilton Mission in the affected areas have been spoken to and are safe and well and in no immediate threat of danger.

We will continue to monitor the situation with the appropriate Civil Defence authorities and take any further action that may be necessary. We have a great love for all of our missionaries and are thankful for their dedicated service. Thank you for your love and support.

Yours sincerely,

President Jeffrey D. Cummings
New Zealand Hamilton Mission President
Lead image from Mormon Newsroom.