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Quake rocks Davao

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake jolted Davao del Sur province on Saturday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. In its bulletin, the agency said the tremor occurred at 4:17 a.m. with its epicenter traced 244 kilometers southeast of Sarangani in Davao del Sur. It added that the quake, which was tectonic in origin, had a depth of 15 kilometers. Phivolcs said there were no reports of intensities as well as damage from the tremor while aftershocks are not expected as well. Meanwhile, in Taclobal City, church and media groups in the Eastern Visayas region joined efforts in launching a miracle crusade after the region, home to about 4 million people, was spared a powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake on August 31 last year with its epicentre in Guiuan town , Eastern Samar. Dubbed as ATOM 7.6 or August Thirty One Miracle community thanksgiving, the event called on the public to “celebrate and reflect” the region’s narrow escape from the large-scale natural disaster through a procession, novena and pontifical mass as its highlights. “I’d like to think miracles do happen. And each of us is probably entitled to one in this lifetime. But for all we know, we already got ours. It simply happened so fast we failed to notice it. Just the same, it won’t hurt to say thank you. Because if the narrow escape we had last year was indeed a miracle, it’s probably the only miracle we will ever need,” said Jeff Manibay, a cable TV station manager and one of the ATOM 7.6 convenors. Albeit not having official confirmation from the Vatican in declaring ATOM a  “miracle”,  Fr. Amadeo Alvero, spokesman of the Archdiocese of Palo, told Manila Standard Today  that the event “is just an experience of some lay people who consider it as a miracle in a sense that they felt that God’s hand was with it.”
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