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Volunteers in Japan 'tired,' but staying cheerful

Latter-day Saint volunteers are now working in earthquake and tsunami devastated communities in northern Japan, helping victims sort through rubble and shovel mud from their homes, said Elder Conan Grames, the Church's Asia North Area director of public affairs.

In the wake of 9.0 magnitude earthquake and powerful tsunami in Japan, more than 7,000 Church members have given more than 60,000 hours of service, according to a Church welfare report.

The March 11 quake — the largest earthquake to ever hit Japan — displaced thousands, destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes and buildings and damaged the cooling functions at key nuclear plants in northern Japan, triggering fires and radiation leaks.

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