Status of Church operations after 8.8 quake in Chile

All Latter-day Saint missionaries serving in the Church’s nine missions in Chile are safe and accounted for after a massive 8.8 earthquake rocked the nation early Saturday, killing more than 140 people and triggering tsunami warnings for the entire Pacific basin, according to Church public affairs.

Most missionaries in the Chile Concepción South Mission are without water and electricity and several buildings, including missionary apartments, are not habitable. The missionaries are pairing up in apartments that are safe, according to Church Welfare Services.

Also, two elders serving on the Juan Fernandez Island, who were unaccounted for earlier Saturday, are safe. They have e-mailed their mission president and stated they are on high ground in the mountains. They indicated they are actively engaged in "helping the people of the island".

LDS missionaries in Mendoza and Salta, Argentina, are also safe and accounted for.

Local Church leaders in the Concepción area have reported considerable damage to the city, but are unaware of any deaths to Latter-day Saints and indicate that all chapels appear to be fine.

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