Teo Blašković

Teo Blašković

Researcher, journalist and editor of The Watchers. You can reach me at teo@watchers.news.


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Rare may storm hits Southern California with heavy rain, hail and snow

A rare May storm swept through Southern California on May 22 and 23, 2019, bringing heavy rain, hail and even snow to parts of the region. The worst-hit were Inland Empire and eastern central area of Orange County where heavy rain was reported, according to ABC7....

May 23, 2019

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Violent tornadoes hit Missouri, extensive damage reported, at least 3 deaths and 20 injured

Another wave of severe thunderstorms hit central United States Wednesday into Thursday, May 22 into 23, 2019. The National Weather Service received 38 tornado reports over the past 24, of which one violent tore directly through Jefferson City, Missouri. There have...

May 23, 2019

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Andreanof Islands, Alaska

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit off the coast of Amatignak Island, Alaska at 08:45 UTC on May 23, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 27.8 km (17.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 56 km (34.8 miles). The epicenter...

May 23, 2019

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Cerro Blanco eruption among the largest in last 11 700 years, comparable to massive Santorini eruption

Cerro Blanco Volcanic Complex, located in the south of the Altiplano-Puna plateau, erupted around 4 200 years ago in one of the largest eruptions of the last 5 000 years in the Central Volcanic Zone of the Andes. In addition, the estimated volume of ejected ash...

May 21, 2019

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Significant outbreak of severe thunderstorms, violent tornadoes, and heavy rain in the Plains, U.S.

A significant outbreak of severe thunderstorms, violent tornadoes, and heavy rain is expected across the U.S. Plains on Monday, May 20, 2019. ​A potent spring storm system is expected to produce an outbreak of severe weather in parts of the Plains today, NWS...

May 20, 2019

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Small asteroid explodes over Australia

An asteroid with an estimated diameter of 1.2 m (3.9 feet) streaked through the night sky over central Australia around 14:50 UTC on May 19 (00:20 ACST May 20) and was captured by multiple cameras. The event lasted several seconds before the object disintegrated in...

May 20, 2019

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A major severe weather outbreak in Texas and Oklahoma

Very dangerous weather is expected in parts of Texas and Oklahoma today. High Risks of flash flooding and severe weather are in place for Monday and Monday evening, May 20, 2019. An outbreak of tornadoes, some potentially long-track and violent, is expected today...

May 20, 2019

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First tropical cyclone of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season developing SW of Bermuda

The first tropical cyclone of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is brewing southwest of Bermuda. Formation chance through the next 48 hours is 60%, NHC said 02:00 EDT (06:00 UTC), May 20, 2019. Satellite-derived wind data indicate that a trough of low pressure has...

May 20, 2019

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40 000 troops on standby as extremely heavy rain hits Taiwan, debris flow warnings issued for 214 streams

Extremely heavy and heavy rain warnings are in place in most of Taiwan on Monday, May 20, 2019. Warnings against debris flows were issued for 214 streams. The country's Ministry of National Defence (MND) has placed 39 000 soldiers on standby to help residents...

May 20, 2019

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Second M6.3 earthquake hits off the coast of Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit off the coast of Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia at 14:56 UTC on May 19, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). This is the second M6.3 earthquake to hit the region since 01:23...

May 19, 2019

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Alert Level raised for Hakoneyama volcano, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) raised Alert Level for Hakoneyama volcano from Level 1 to Level 2 at 17:15 UTC on May 18 (02:15 JST on May 19). The last magmatic eruptive activity at this volcano took place about 2 900 years ago. The volcano is located in...

May 19, 2019

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Shallow M6.3 earthquake hits off the coast of Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit off the coast of New Caledonia on 01:23 UTC on May 19, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located...

May 19, 2019

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Major tornadoes hit U.S., Reed Timmer survives extraordinary close-up encounter in Nebraska

AccuWeather's extreme meteorologist Reed Timmer survived a direct hit by a tornado just west of McCook, Nebraska on Friday, May 17, 2019, one of the biggest days for severe weather in the central U.S. so far this year. Timmer experienced an extraordinary...

May 18, 2019

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 22:37 UTC on May 17, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 21.9 km (13.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 60 km (37.2 miles). The epicenter was located...

May 18, 2019

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Amazing view of new eruption at Agung volcano, Indonesia

Indonesian Agung volcano erupted again at 18:08 UTC on May 17, 2019 (02:08 LT, May 18), ejecting ash up to 7.6 km (25 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code is Red. The Darwin VAAC estimated volcanic ash height at 7.6 km (25 000 feet) a.s.l. based on...

May 17, 2019

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Newly forming underwater volcano discovered near Mayotte, source of intense earthquake swarm

Attempts to understand the reason behind the intense volcano-seismic crisis affecting Mayotte since May 2018 have finally resulted in a solid answer - the discovery of newly forming underwater volcano. The volcano is located 50 km (31 miles) east of the Petite-Terre...

May 17, 2019

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Unusually strong, winter-like storm dumping heavy rain on California, below normal temperatures

An unusually strong storm for the time of year is affecting the Western U.S., dumping heavy rain and higher elevation snow. Many cities could double or triple their normal precipitation for May, normally a dry month, in just 24 to 48 hours, meteorologists warn. This...

May 16, 2019

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Vigorous steam plume at Pavlof volcano, alerts raised, Alaska

Low-frequency seismic tremor and vigorous steam plume have been observed at Pavlof volcano, Alaska over the past 2 days, forcing the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) to raise the Aviation Color Code and Alert Level to Yellow/Advisory on May 15, 2019. The...

May 16, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 JH7 flew past Earth at 0.19 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 JH7 flew past Earth at 0.19 LD / 0.00098 AU (71 807 km / 44 618 miles) on May 16, 2019. This Apollo-class asteroid was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey, Arizona on May 14, 2019, 2 days before its closest approach. Its...

May 16, 2019

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Three atmospheric rivers aim U.S. West, heavy rain and higher elevation snow expected

A potent weather system will bring rain, locally, heavy with higher elevation snow to portions of California, southwestern Oregon, and the Northern Rockies. As much as 60 cm (2 feet) of snow may blanket the California mountains above 1.8 km (6 000 feet). Rain and...

May 15, 2019

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Powerful M7.5 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea

A powerful earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.5 hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 12:58 UTC (22:58 LT) on May 14, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.5 at a depth of 48 km (29.8 miles). The epicenter was located...

May 14, 2019

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5 Earth-directed CMEs, G3 - Strong geomagnetic storm

A several degree long solar filament south of the Region 2741 disappeared by approximately 15:14 UTC on May 13, 2019. Initial analysis suggests an Earth-directed component is likely with this Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). This is the fifth Earth-directed CME since...

May 14, 2019

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Rare waterspout forms near Sentosa, Singapore

A large waterspout formed near Port of Singapore, Sentosa, southern Singapore on May 11, 2019. There are no reports of damage or casualties. Such large waterspouts are not usual for the region. The spout formed around 08:48 LT and moved slowly between the iconic...

May 13, 2019

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Tropical Cyclone "Fani" death toll hits 64, now the deadliest cyclone since 1999 Super Cyclone, India

The death toll caused by Tropical Cyclone "Fani" which made landfall May 3, 2019, in the Indian state of Odisha rose to 64, government sources confirmed Sunday, May 13. This made it the deadliest cyclone to hit India since 1999 Super Cyclone. The special...

May 13, 2019

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Record May rainfall in Paris, France

Almost an entire monthly average of rainfall fell on French capital Paris from Friday to Saturday, May 10 into 11, 2019. According to French weather channel La Chaine Météo, Paris recorded 43.8 mm (1.72 inches) of rain in that period. The average...

May 13, 2019

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Tropical Cyclone "Ann" moving toward northern Queensland, Australia

Tropical Cyclone "Ann" remains Category 1 and continues moving WNW toward northern Queensland. The cyclone is expected to cross the northeast tropical coast of Queensland on Wednesday morning (LT), May 15, 2019, most likely as a category 1 system. At 12:00...

May 13, 2019

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Bright fireball over Michigan, Ohio and Illinois

A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Michigan, Ohio and Illinois around 04:42 UTC on May 11, 2019. The event lasted several seconds before the object disintegrated. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received over 265 reports by 10:00 UTC on May 13....

May 13, 2019

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Deadly blizzard sweeps through Mongolia

At least 4 people have been killed after a severe blizzard swept the province of Umnugovi, southern Mongolia on May 11 and 12, 2019. Heavy snowfall has also affected several other Mongolian provinces, including Tuv, Dundgovi and Uvurkhangai. According to the...

May 13, 2019

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Eruption at Mount Agung ejects ash up to 5.5 km a.s.l., Aviation Color Code Red

Indonesian Mount Agung experienced another moderately strong eruption at 14:29 UTC on May 12, 2019, ejecting volcanic ash up to 5.5 km (18 000 feet) above sea level. The eruption lasted 2 minutes and 16 seconds, with a maximum amplitude of 25 mm. The Aviation Color...

May 13, 2019

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Extremely heavy rain hits Yonaguni, Okinawa, Japan - 367 mm (14.4 inches) in 6 hours

A stationary front dumped extremely heavy rain on the island Yonugani, Japan's southernmost province of Okinawa on Monday, May 13, 2019. An evacuation advisory was issued for the entire island. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said the town, located in the...

May 13, 2019

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Ebola outbreak unlikely to be contained, DR Congo

At least 1 117 people have died in world's second largest Ebola outbreak currently affecting DR Congo. WHO said the outbreak is 'unlikely' to be contained amid continued insecurity. Since the beginning of the epidemic, the accumulated cases rose to 1...

May 13, 2019

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Severe storm hits capital Zagreb, Croatia, heavy rain falling across SE Europe

A severe storm is affecting Croatian capital Zagreb and the surrounding region on May 12 and 13, 2019 with powerful winds and heavy rain. At least 2 people have been injured. Severe weather system affecting the region is expected to dump very heavy rain on parts of...

May 13, 2019

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Hunger warning after early drought hits DPRK, 10.1 million in need of urgent food assistance

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) warns early seasonal drought in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) could exacerbate hunger, malnutrition and health problems for thousands of children, pregnant and...

May 13, 2019

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Pressure building up under Piparo mud volcano, Trinidad and Tobago

Pressure is building up under Piparo mud volcano, Trinidad and Tobago, rising fears another eruption is imminent. Geologists said active changes have also been observed on the surface and subsurface of volcanic vents which erupted 22 years ago, killing livestock and...

May 13, 2019

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Wildfires scorch over 44 000 ha (109 000 acres) across Russia

According to a statement released by the Federal Aerial Forest Protection Service (Avialesokhrana) on Saturday, May 11, 2019, wildfires have scorched over 44 000 ha (109 000 acres) in 18 Russian regions. As of May 11, 2019, a total of 54 forest fires are active in...

May 13, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Costa Rica - Panama border region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Costa Rica - Panama border region at 19:24 UTC (14:24 LT) on May 12, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 19 km (11.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 18 km (11.1 miles). The...

May 12, 2019

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Extreme floods hit Asunción, Paraguay

Floods in Paraguay displaced approximately 40 000 people over the past two months and caused significant losses to the country's cattle industry. Some 10 000 people have been evacuated to capital Asunción where extreme floods took place on May 10. Locals...

May 12, 2019

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Flash floods cause major freight train derailment in Mississippi

Heavy overnight rains and floods caused a major freight train derailment in Hillsdale, southwest Mississippi on May 11, 2019. There are no injuries but chemicals are reportedly leaking in the water. The derailment occurred just north of Hillsdale Road, Pearl River...

May 12, 2019

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Las Vegas surpassed its annual average rainfall in just 5 months

Las Vegas has surpassed its yearly average rainfall on May 9 with 114.5 mm (4.51 inches) recorded since January 1. The annual average for the city is 106.4 mm (4.19 inches). May average is 3 mm (0.12 inches). The city has already experienced its wettest May 9 and 10...

May 11, 2019

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153 000 ha (378 000 acres) of crops damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Fani, India

An estimated 152 985 ha (378 034 acres) of crops were damaged or destroyed across Odisha, India during the passage of Tropical Cyclone "Fani" on May 3, 2019. Information and Public Relations Secretary Sanjay Kumar Singh said less than 33% crop loss has...

May 10, 2019