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M2.5 earthquake in Donegal, Ireland, is country's 'largest seismic event on record'

Glenveagh National Park
© Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium
Glenveagh National Park: The earthquake occurred 10 kilometres beneath Glenveagh.
A 2.5-magnitude earthquake in the Derryveagh mountains - the joint largest onshore earthquake ever recorded in Ireland - was felt in Buncrana and Desertegney at the weekend.

The tremor was registered throughout County Donegal with some residents reporting that the earthquake shook their homes when it occurred at a depth of approximately 10 kilometres at 12.30am near Glenveagh National Park on Saturday.

The Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) operated by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) said it had received reports that the event was felt throughout the Donegal area and was recorded by seismic stations operated by the DIAS in Mayo, Tipperary, Louth, Galway, Dublin, Cork, Kerry and Wexford.


Cold front delivers snow, hail to large parts of Australia - Record cold May temperatures recorded in parts of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory

Snow fell in Oberon, NSW
© Gail Watson
Snow fell in Oberon, NSW.
The calendar may not have ticked over yet, but the wintry weather has arrived — and forecasters say the frosty conditions are far from over.

Large parts of southern-eastern Australia were plunged into freezing conditions on the weekend, as icy air from Antarctica was pushed across the eastern states by a strong cold front.

The strong winds disrupted flights in Sydney, while people from New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania took to social media to share photos of the swathes of hail and snow blanketing the streets and mountain tops.


12 tornadoes hit the US Heartland overnight, fueled by record-breaking temperatures

Twelve tornadoes were reported across four states overnight, heavily damaging roofs and some outbuildings in Missouri. Tornadoes touched down in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota on Saturday.

Trenton, Missouri, was hit the hardest, with a tornado damaging the roof of a 130-year-old church.

Softball-sized hail up to 4 inches was reported in Missouri, going through the roof of a steel structure near Coffey, Missouri.

Damaging winds surpassing 80 mph impacted parts of the Midwest, damaging trees and other structures.

Strong to severe storms moved through Illinois and Indiana early Sunday morning, making their way to Ohio.


Snowfall in summer! Several areas of Jammu & Kashmir, India witness snowfall in May

Several parts of Jammu and Kashmir witnessed heavy snowfall on May 8.

Kokernag area in South Kashmir was completely covered with snow.

Pahalgam's Betaab Valley was covered with white sheet of snow.

Kulgam also witnessed a fresh spell of snowfall. Heavy snowfall was also witnessed in Machail area of Kishtwar.


Waterspout filmed in Montagny-Sainte-Félicité, France

Waterspout in Montagny-Sainte-Félicité, France.

Cloud Lightning

Over 25,000 lightning strikes recorded in France in 24 hours

More than 25,000 lightning strikes were recorded in France over the past day, according to the French storm and thunderbolt observatory on Sunday.

Massive lightning strikes occurred during the stormy weather conditions that started Friday afternoon, Keraunos said on Twitter.

With more than 25,000 strikes in 25 hours, France saw an average of 1,041 lightning strikes per hour.

A total of 69 departments are on yellow alert for the risk of thunderstorms in the country, according to media reports.


14,000 evacuated from flood-hit Jiangxi, China

Rescuers carry out rescue operations in Shangshan village of Licun township, Fengcheng city, East China's Jiangxi province, May 6, 2023.
© Xinhua
Rescuers carry out rescue operations in Shangshan village of Licun township, Fengcheng city, East China's Jiangxi province, May 6, 2023.
Nearly 500,000 people in Jiangxi have been affected as heavy rains lashed the province from Friday through Sunday, and about 14,000 of them have been evacuated, the provincial flood and drought control headquarters said on Sunday.

Southern China is facing a major flood challenge this year due to uneven distribution of rainfall.

As of 4 pm on Sunday, 497,000 people in seven cities in Jiangxi, including Fuzhou, Ji'an, Yichun and Xinyu, were affected and crops covering an area of 67,700 hectares damaged, with the estimated direct economic losses being around 520 million yuan ($75.2 million), local authorities said.

According to the National Meteorological Center, most areas to the south of the Yangtze River were expected to receive heavy rain on Monday, and the monthly precipitation was expected to approach or exceed the maximum rainfall ever recorded in May.


Minke whale died after washing up on a Maine beach

Whale dies after washing ashore at Long Sands Beach

Whale dies after washing ashore at Long Sands Beach
A minke whale died Saturday after washing ashore Long Sands Beach in York County.

The York Police Department said that crews were unable to remove the whale until the tide went out and advised the public to stay away from the whale.

"We understand that this is very upsetting to many of you, but if there is any good that comes of this situation, please help make it so that our community did the right things to help take care of this unfortunate situation," York police said.

Marine Mammals of Maine removed the dead whale.

Minke whales can reach nearly 30 feet long and weigh 18,000 pounds.


DR Congo - Almost 400 dead after floods cause "Immeasurable Damage" in South Kivu (UPDATE)

A man tries to cross a flooded street in Uvira,
A man tries to cross a flooded street in Uvira, South Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The government of the province of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) reports catastrophic flooding has caused widespread damage and loss of life in the province over the last few days. Media reports suggest between 60 and 70 bodies have been recovered, with many more feared dead.

In a statement, the provincial government said heavy rains on 04 May 2023 caused several rivers including the Cibira/Cabondo and Nyamukubi to overflow, flooding villages including Bushushu and Nyamukubi in the Kalehe Territory.

The town of Kalehe sits on the shore of Lake Kivu, around 50 km (30 miles) across the lake from the Western Province of Rwanda where over 100 people have died in floods and landslides over the last few days.

Comment: Update May 8

From the same source:
Almost 400 people have lost their lives after floods and landslides in Kalehe territory of South Kivu Province, DR Congo, on 04 May 2023.

Flood damage in Kalehe territory of South Kivu Province, DR Congo, May 2023
Flood damage in Kalehe territory of South Kivu Province, DR Congo, May 2023.
Flooding caused widespread destroction in the villages of Bushushu and Nyamukubi in the Kalehe Territory. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) said the villages of Luzira and Chabondo were also affected.

As of 06 May, UN OCHA reported around 1,200 houses were completely destroyed and a further 1,800 damaged, leaving 3,000 households homeless.

According to a statament by local officials on 07 May, the death toll had increased to 394.

UN OCHA said the affected communities are in dire need of assistance. "Immediate needs include supplies to ensure dignified and safe burials, medical care for those affected and injured, food assistance for all affected, and shelter for people who have lost their homes and are living in public places. Ongoing assessments by humanitarian actors will help determine medium and long-term needs," UN OCHA said.

A day of national mourning will be observed on 08 May 2023, the Government of DR Congo announced.


Rare May snowfall blankets Chitral mountains in Pakistan

Swat valley and Lower Dir also receive hailstorm and damaged crops

Chitral city—located at the foothold of Hindukush mountain range—received rare snowfall in May and blanketed mountain tops.

Reportedly Upper and Lower Chitral areas receive snowfall and snowfall dropped the mercury considerably and forced people to wear 'warm clothes'.