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A peaceful view of Vancouver, British Columbia, from Jericho Beach could turn ugly in a hurry as a result of nearby fault lines that could produce the kind of earthquake that in 1995 destroyed Kobe, Japan, a city often drawing comparisons with Vancouver for its precarious beauty. After a powerful Oct. 27 earthquake, many West Coast Canadians are urging action to prepare for the “Big One,” which scientists predict could threaten about 8 million people. (Christopher Johnson/special to the Washington Times)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.