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Location: Jerusalem, Israel
February 20, 2012

Israeli fire fighters abseil down the side of an elementary school in Jerusalem, Israel, 20 February 2012, as one brings down another fireman who was simulating an injury (C), during an earthquake preparedness drill. Israel, along with Jordan and Lebanon, are on the Levant Fault, which is an extension of the Rift Valley in Africa, and experiences about a dozen small tremors last year. Two major earthquakes have struck northern Israel in the past two centuries, the worst one striking in 1837, killing 4,000 people and destroyed the northern town of Safed and nearby Arab villages. A smaller quake occurred in 1927.

Credit: EPA

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