All LDS missionaries safe after quake in Chile

Published: Wednesday, April 2 2014 11:40 a.m. MDT

Morning fog lifts at the Chorrillo dock in the Pacific Ocean, revealing small scale fishing boats in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Chilean authorities discovered surprisingly light damage Wednesday from a magnitude-8.2 quake that struck in the Pacific Ocean, Tuesday evening, near the mining port of Iquique, about 87 miles from the Peruvian border.

Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press

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SANTIAGO, Chile — All LDS missionaries in the church's nine missions across Chile are safe after a "mighty" earthquake struck the nation's northern coast and killed at least six people Tuesday.

“All missionaries serving in Chile have been contacted and are safe,” said Cody Craynor, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The magnitude-8.2 earthquake led to the deaths of at least six people, but authorities lifted tsunami warnings early Wednesday as fears of killer waves subsided.

Chile is home to more than 575,000 members of the LDS Church.

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