No missionaries were harmed during a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico’s Pacific Coast on Tuesday, June 23.
All full-time missionaries “are safe and accounted for,” reported Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff. Officials continue to assess any damage suffered by members or Church-owned properties.
At least six people were killed and many more were seriously injured in Tuesday’s quake. The casualties were reported near the quake’s epicenter in the southwestern state of Oaxaca, according to Reuters.
Tuesday’s quake hit almost three years after a pair of massive earthquakes claimed hundreds of lives, including those of several Latter-day Saints.
The Church responded to those catastrophes with a large-scale relief effort, providing aid in the form of provisions, equipment and essential volunteer labor. Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited quake-impacted regions a few months later, offering much-appreciated spiritual uplift to Mexicans of all backgrounds still recovering from the natural disasters.