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Birmingham Hit With 2.8-Magnitude Earthquake

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According to the BGS, the quake hit the town of Walsall, near Birmingham, at a depth of seven kilometres (4.35 miles) shortly before 11pm last night.

The service said the effects of the quake were felt in a 20km (12 mile) radius from its epicentre, with tremors being detected by residents in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Dudley.

Within an hour of it shaking the ground, West Midlands Police said it received 5,000 calls to its switchboard and 600 calls to 999. 12 people went as far as walking into Dudley police station in their pyjamas, according to Birmingham Live.

BBC journalist Elizabeth Joyce was at home in Willenhall, on the Walsall and Wolverhampton border, when it struck.

She said: ‘It happened around 11 o’clock and the whole house started to shake. Everything on the shelves was rattling, the walls vibrated and there was a loud rumbling sound.

‘It was a surreal experience. I was simultaneously thinking “oh my goodness, it’s an earthquake” and “there’s no way this is an earthquake, we’re in Wolverhampton”.’

Elizabeth said the quake only lasted ‘a few seconds’ and didn’t cause any damage ‘but it very weird’.

The BGS said the quake was approximately 13km (eight miles) east of the site of 4.7 magnitude Dudley earthquake, which was felt over most of England when it struck on September 22, 2002.

Earthquakes are rare in the UK because it is so far from the edge of any of the tectonic plates which make up the Earth’s crust, where most quakes occur.

When earthquakes do happen, they are relatively weak by global standards.

The biggest earthquake ever experienced in the UK was in 1931, 60 miles off the Yorkshire coast in the North Sea.

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EuroMillions: UK ticket holder claims £184m jackpot

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One lucky ticket-holder’s life has changed forever after winning the £184million EuroMillions jackpot. It means they have become the biggest ever National Lottery winner, operator Camelot has said.

Whoever they are, they have knocked the anonymous winner of £170million in October 2019 off the top spot. They have also become the National Lottery’s 14th winner of more than £100million.

The winner, who is yet to be named, is also the second person in the UK to win the EuroMillions jackpot this year, after someone bagged £109million in February.

The winning numbers were 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29 – plus the Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9. One ticket matched all seven numbers to win £184,262,899.10.

Senior winners’ adviser for the National Lottery, Andy Carter said: “What an amazing night for one UK ticket-holder who has scooped the incredible £184million EuroMillions jackpot – they have become the UK’s biggest ever National Lottery winner.”

The claim will now go through a validation process to ensure terms and conditions are met and once the ticket has been validated the winner can choose whether or not to remain anonymous.

What would you do with all that money?

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McDonald’s Mondays: How to get a 99p Quarter Pounder Today

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Fans of McDonald’s can enjoy some breakfast and lunch meals for just 99p today as the fast food chain slashes its prices for one day only, marking the return of McDonald’s Mondays.

The fast-food chain’s regular McMuffin will be reduced from £2.29 to just 99p during the breakfast window, which ends at 11am.

Quarter pounders with cheese will also be available for less than £1 on the lunch menu, saving customers £2.20!

The deal is limited to one per person and is only available via the offers section of the McDonald’s app until midnight.

Then just choose how you would like to collect your order via Drive-thru, click and serve, takeaway or in a restaurant.

The cheap deals come as part of McDonald’s weekly Monday offer, which returns today (9 May).

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Dave Chappelle: US Comedian Attacked on Stage in Los Angeles

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US stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage on Tuesday during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

After returning to the stage on Tuesday, the 48-year-old made light of the controversy, suggesting to the audience that the attacker “was a trans man”. Chappelle faced criticism and protests last year when his Netflix special was accused of being transphobic.

According to ABC journalist Stephanie Wash, fellow comic Chris Rock – who was slapped on stage by Will Smith at the Oscars in March – then came on stage with Chappelle. It was said an attacker “lunged” at the comedian as he headlined the event, sending him “flying in the air”.

She said: “It looked like someone was dashing across the stage from the side. He fell backwards on to his back, with his arms and legs up in the air. He was obviously in shock. We were all in shock.

“I thought for a moment OK, is this a prank? Because they had made some Will Smith jokes. Even though Chris Rock was there, Dave was making some jokes, it was fair game, right?”

LAPD confirmed they had taken a man into custody and that he was armed with a replica gun “that can eject a knife blade” when discharged correctly. It is unclear if the man tried to use the weapon.

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