Washington Representative Rick Larsen was in New Zealand when the earthquake hit. Q13 spoke with Larsen's mother, Yolanda Rosenbach Larsen, who confirms he is in New Zealand. The 2nd Congressional District Democrat was in Downtown Christchurch Monday, but left 3 hours before the quake hit. He is in Wellington now and is fine. Larsen's facebook page says:
"After meeting Foreign Minister McCully, our group walked to the nearby cathedral in Wellington and shared a prayer with the priest for the people of Christchurch."
Earlier in the day, before the quake hit, he'd posted this:
"Today I met with NZ Prime Minister John Key. There are many issues our two countries can cooperate on: nuclear non-proliferation, disaster response management, and promoting and protecting freedom, democracy and human rights worldwide. I'm thankful for the men and women of the New Zealand Defence Force and the United States Armed Services who stood side by side in Afghanistan and around the world."