7.6 earthquake strikes Philippines

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck 65 miles off the eastern coast of the Philippines at a depth of 20 miles at 8:47 p.m. Philippines time (6:47 a.m. Utah time Friday, August 31). Roads and bridges were damaged, and it triggering a tsunami warning that sent people fleeing to higher ground across the region. Tsunami warnings were initially issued for Indonesia, Philippines, Palau, Taiwan, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Yap, but they have all now been lifted. The quake was said to be long and violent.

• One death has been reported.

• Minor damage to buildings, roads, and bridges has been reported.

Status of Church Members and Properties

• There are no reports of injury or death to members and missionaries.

• There are no reports of damage to Church buildings.

• The Church’s emergency response team has been in contact with Philippine area leaders to offer support.

LDS Assistance

• Local Church leaders will

conduct more complete

assessments over the


• Based on these assessments,

the area will determine a

relief plan, as needed.

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