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Irish woman has miraculous escape after landslide hits house

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As the earth came tumbling down: Irish woman has miraculous escape after landslide hits house Bernie Kearney's hose after a landslide carrying a boulder and her car came through the house | Photo: Reuters

Urris (Ireland): Torrential rain in northwest Ireland, described by the country's weather office as a once-in-a-century event, triggered a landslide that sent a car flying through the wall of a house earlier this week.

As the earth came tumbling down: Irish woman has miraculous escape after landslide hits house Bernie's car came through the house, after the landslide | Photo: Reuters

No casualties have been reported as a result of the rain Tuesday, which totaled up to 80 mm (3 inches). Bridges collapsed, homes flooded and authorities moved to deploy defense forces in flood-hit areas from Friday.

Bernie Kearney, a medical receptionist who lives in the northern county of Donegal, was dining alone in her kitchen Tuesday when a landslide hit the hill beside her house.

As the earth came tumbling down: Irish woman has miraculous escape after landslide hits house Bernie Kearney, a medical receptionist, inside her home, which has been destroyed by a landslide | Photo: Reuters

Kearney said in a telephone interview that she heard a loud bang and "the kitchen tumbled in around me."

As the earth came tumbling down: Irish woman has miraculous escape after landslide hits house Bernie Kearney's destroyed kitchen, after a landslide carrying a boulder and her car came through the house | Photo: Reuters

"I'll never forget it. It was terrible. The roar of it coming down the mountain. I didn't know what it was."

Kearney escaped by climbing out a window. She was not injured.

In the light of day, Kearney discovered that the landslide had thrown a boulder against her car, pushing it into her kitchen.

As the earth came tumbling down: Irish woman has miraculous escape after landslide hits house Mud and slush came into Bernie's bedroom after the landslide came through her house | Photo: Reuters

The damage was captured in Reuters pictures Thursday that show her silver hatchback sitting high on a pile of mud and rubble, with its roof touching the eaves of her bungalow. The property has been condemned.

Kearney is staying with relatives while searching for alternate accommodation and dealing with her insurers. Local authorities have been attempting to clear rubble from the property.

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