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Early Wednesday morning, a shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 rocked central Italy, just outside of Norcia. Norcia is approximately 100 miles northeast of Rome. The quake has caused extensive damage, with the city of Amatrice and Accumoli facing the most tragedy. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the following statement on the Italian Mormon Newsroom site. Translated it reads:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expresses great sorrow for all those who have been affected by the terrible tragedy of the earthquake that devastated Accumoli and Amatrice in the province of Rieti in Lazio and all the surrounding areas.
All missionaries and Church members are alive and well.
As they continue the search for those trapped in the rubble, we invite everyone to pray for those who are suffering, for those without news of their loved ones, for those who are injured, for those who are still under the rubble.
The Church has already offered its assistance to the relevant authorities and the members will be asked to contribute in various ways. All information about come through priesthood leaders and official channels of the Church.
Italian officials are reporting at least 73 dead and 150 more missing at this time.