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A Richmond woman and her daughter on a mission trip to Haiti escaped injury in yesterday’s earthquake, her husband said today, and the group with which they were traveling is also believed to be safe.

Corell Halsey Moore and her daughter, Ali Halsey, a University of Virginia student, were among a group of Richmonders who went to Port-au-Prince on Sunday to do mission work at the St. Joseph’s Home for Boys, said Moore’s husband, Thurston R. Moore, chairman of the Hunton & Williams law firm’s executive committee.

The group was not at the Port-au-Prince orphanage when yesterday’s earthquake hit, substantially damaging St. Joseph’s as well as many other structures throughout the city.

Thurston said the Richmonders were in a van on a country road outside Port-au-Prince when the earthquake struck, and within several hours, they were able to make it to the U.S. Embassy.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better at this point than to know that they’re safe and they’re at the embassy,” Thurston said late this morning.

Thurston said he had not spoken with his wife or stepdaughter but had received e-mail notice of their safety from a State Department staffer in Port-au-Prince.