Photo: Major Quake, Tsunami Likely in Middle East, Study Finds



The Middle East region—especially coastal cities such as Beirut, above—faces an impending earthquake from an underwater fault that rumbles every 1,500 years, scientists say.


A Beirut research team recently identified the fault as the likely cause of a devastating quake in A.D. 551, which struck the coast of Phoenicia, now Lebanon.


Photograph by Barry Iverson/Time & Life Pictures/Getty

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