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Manteca missionary survives 8.8 quake in Concepcion, Chile
Elder Daniel Heinze, left, of Manteca is shown with Elder Glover in Chile two weeks ago. - photo by Photo Contributed
Sierra High graduate Daniel Heinze was among the survivors of one of the worst earthquakes in recorded history that took place 22 miles off the coast of Concepcion, Chile.

Elder Heinze is serving a mission in Concepcion for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

He is serving in the city of Concepcion but is living in the town of Talcahuano, which is located on the water and is a northern suburb of Concepcion.

Talcahuano is one of the areas that was hit by a tsunami and was also close to the epicenter of the 8.8 earthquake.

Heinze is a 2008 graduate of Sierra High school, where he ran cross country and track for Anthony Chapman.

His family first heard Heinze he was alive and well from Bill Martin who lives in Lacey, Washington. Martin’s mother is presently living in Concepcion and she just happened to know Heinze. She had her son call Heinze’s family in Manteca to let them know he is safe.

There are nine missions in the country of Chile. Elder Heinze’s mission was the last to report, being that communications were slowed due to his mission being located near the epicenter, and due to the fact that his mission is rural. The Mission president needed to account for all missionaries before making a full report.

Heinze’s brother Tim, who served a mission in Argentina, was able to find a live internet stream from Chile. Because he served a mission in Argentina he was able to translate and find further information concerning the welfare of people in Concepcion.