Mormon missionaries safe after New Zealand quake

Feb 23 2011 - 9:46am

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Mormon church officials say all missionaries serving in New Zealand are safe and accounted for following a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 75 people.

State officials in Christchurch on Wednesday told The Associated Press at least 300 others are listed as missing.

Officials rank the temblor among the island nation's worst in 80 years.

In a news release, the faith's Pacific Area Presidency says local leaders in Christchurch are trying to contact all Latter-day Saints to ensure their safety.

The church is also assessing the damage to its meeting houses and other facilities.

Church leaders say they will work with government official and other entities to aid in disaster recovery efforts.

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