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M7.8 Earthquake in Iran
April 16, 2013 | CNN

USGS reports that a magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred in Iran at about 3:14 local time. A BBC article reports on how the earthquake was felt in various parts of the Middle East.

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Snow in the Middle East?
December 17, 2013 | NASA's Earth Observatory
NASA's Earth Observatory has a satellite image showing snow on the ground from a recent storm in the Middle East. Jerusalem had over one foot of snow, knocking out power for thousands of households. Amman, Jordan received about eighteen inches.

Freshwater Losses in the Middle East
February 15, 2013 | NASA
"A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade." Quoted from the NASA press release.

M7.8 Earthquake in the Scotia Sea
November 17, 2013 | USGS
"The November 17, 2013 earthquake in the Scotia Sea, to the northwest of the South Orkney Islands, occurred as the result of either left-lateral strike slip faulting on an east-west oriented plane, or right-lateral faulting on a north-south plane. [...] The November 17 earthquake is the latest in a series of moderate-to-large earthquakes to strike the same region over the past several days." Quoted from the USGS earthquake summary. No tsunami advisories were issued.

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