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On the morning of Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 8:30 a.m., an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck the southern part of Haiti. Local leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints assessed the situation of members, missionaries, Church buildings, and the community following the devastating earthquake that to date has claimed the lives of more than 300 people and a much greater number of injured.
President Gethro Nerosil of the Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission reported that all missionaries are safe and that those who were in the most affected areas have been relocated to be with other missionaries in safe areas.
Hundreds of homes, including the homes of Church members inspected so far, are severely damaged. Some members have received medical attention for mild to severe injuries sustained during the collapse of their homes or other structures they were in at the time of the quake. Many have decided to spend the night away from their homes for fear of the numerous aftershocks of up to 5.6 on the Richter scale that have been verified in the last few hours.
The official buildings of the Church are reported in good condition. However, a wall of the premises rented by the Church in Les Cayes collapsed as a result of the earthquake, while other rental buildings have also suffered significant structural damage. The Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple and its adjoining building are in perfect condition and will continue to provide services within the conditions of the one-month state of emergency declared by the Haitian government.
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