2PrintemailPDFWASHINGTON Six members of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, including a young nun from Northern Ireland, are among the dead in the strongest earthquake to strike Ecuador since 1979.Sr. Clare Theresa Crockett, 33, of Londonderry, died while leading children to safety in a school at Playa Prieta, where she was teaching the youngsters to play the guitar, according to the Spain-based order.Her body was found under rubble Monday, about 36 hours after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the Pacific Coast region of the country.Five Ecuadorean postulants also died in the collapse. The order identified them by their first names: Jazmina, Maria Augusta, Maira, Valeria and Catalina.The six women were among at least 350 people who died in the massive earthquake that struck communities in the northern part of the country. Authorities reported that nearly 3,000 people were injured and that an unknown number of buildings were destroyed or damaged.

Source: Young nun, postulants among hundreds of Ecuador earthquake victims | National Catholic Reporter

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