On the 16th of June at 16:38:29 UTC (18:38:29 Local time), a M5.7 earthquake occurred in western France, at a depth of 14km (see map below; the red circle denotes the earthquake epicentre). The earthquake occurred approximately 20km east of the city of La Rochelle, situated along the western coast of France. At the time of writing, no fatalities had been reported, however the earthquake caused damage to several hundred buildings in the region. Although earthquakes are frequently recorded within France and its surrounding offshore regions, earthquakes of magnitude M5.0 or greater do not occur very often. The previous M5 event recorded in France occurred on the 20th of March 2019, approximately 60km north of Bordeaux in western France.
The event was recorded by seismic stations operated by DIAS in the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN), see figure below.