Wildfires in central Washington State have torched about 3,000 acres, or four square miles, around the town of Wenatchee. At least 24 homes and four local businesses have been burned, but no serious injuries have been reported.
A tornado hit several villages in the Dnepropetrovsk region in Ukraine’s south this week. Locals reported that roofs were blown off, trees torn from the ground, and fish from the river covered the roads, adding they had never seen anything like it before.
A mysterious giant vortex has appeared in Lake Texoma, between Texas and Oklahoma. The phenomenon shot on video appears to be draining the lake right in front of puzzled onlookers. The footage has caused a stir online.
Near-Biblical scenes are emerging from the Astrakhan region in southern Russia, which has been invaded by giant swarms of locusts. Local authorities have scrambled vehicles and aircraft to combat the infestation.
Rescue workers cleaning up the zoo in the Georgian capital, which was hit hard by a massive flood earlier this month, have found one of its missing penguins alive. The bird was hiding in the zoo, in the debris of the predators’ enclosure.
The US Mid-West and Great Lakes region have been battered by severe storms. A tornado hit Coal City, some 60 miles (97km) southwest of Chicago, injuring seven people, while five people had to be rescued in the state of Michigan.
The world is on the brink of its sixth mass extinction, as animals are disappearing 100 times faster than previously, scientists warned in a new report. They also say humanity could be among the first victims of this extinction.