All Missionaries Safe After Earthquake in Ecuador, Church Leaders Assessing Damage

by | Apr. 17, 2016

Mormon Life

A major earthquake hit Ecuador Saturday evening, killing more than 200 people. It is the most severe earthquake to hit the country since 1979.

Hundreds of Mormon missionaries in Ecuador are safe and accounted for after a devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake on Saturday night, a church representative said Sunday morning.

"We are grateful to report that all of our missionaries in the region have been contacted and are safe," LDS Church spokeswoman Kristen Howey said.

Howey, who herself served a mission in Ecuador, said church leaders are still gathering information about the impact of the earthquake.

"Because of the widespread devastation, it is difficult to determine how members and church facilities have been affected," she said, adding, "We are mindful of the destruction and loss of life caused by this earthquake and are praying for the people of Ecuador."

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