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LDS missionaries in Costa Rica safe following earthquake

Published: Friday, Sept. 4 2015 6:01 p.m. MDT

San Jose Costa Rica Temple.  (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) San Jose Costa Rica Temple. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in northwestern Costa Rica Wednesday morning, Scott Trotter, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, reported on the status of missionaries serving in the Costa Rica San José Mission, the only mission in the country.

"All missionaries in the affected area are safe. The church continues to monitor the situation and is prepared to respond as needed," Trotter said.

The earthquake was originally registered as a 7.9 magnitude quake before being revised to 7.6 on the Richter scale. It struck just outside the small town of Hojancha, around 80 miles from San José, Costa Rica's largest city. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has canceled all tsunami warnings for the area.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has one temple and more than 38,000 members in Costa Rica, according to the LDS Church's 2012 Almanac.

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