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LDS missionaries safe after Italy earthquake; Church aid pending

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - 4 LDS missionaries serving near L'Aquila, Italy have been reported safe. The area was hit by a major earthquake before dawn on Monday.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - 4 LDS missionaries serving near L'Aquila, Italy have been reported safe. The area was hit by a major earthquake before dawn on Monday.

According to Italian officials, more than 150 people died from the quake, which toppled a university dormitory and damaged a hotel. Some estimates tagged the quake at somewhere between magnitude 5.8 and 6.3.

Scott Trotter, a spokesperson for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told ABC 4 News the four missionaries serving in the Rome, Italy Mission reported back safe via cell phone to church leaders.

Trotter said the missionaries were in their apartment and had adequate food and water.

Trotter also said the missionaries were able to talk to their families and assure them of their safety.

The Church was still in the process of assessing damage to its buildings, if any, by late Monday morning.

Trotter said the church would also assess how much humanitarian aid they will send to the area.

L'Aquila is located 70 miles north of Rome.


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