Teo Blašković

Teo Blašković

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


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At least 13 killed, 57 injured after massive eruption at Semeru volcano, Indonesia

At least 13 people have been killed and 57 others injured after powerful eruption of Semeru volcano in the Indonesian province of East Java on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Unfortunately, the death toll is expected to rise. Saturday's eruption produced deadly...

December 05, 2021

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High-level eruption at Semeru volcano, ash to 15.2 km (50 000 feet) a.s.l., Indonesia

A high-level eruption took place at Semeru volcano, East Java, Indonesia at around 08:20 UTC on Saturday, December 4, 2021. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red. The eruption comes just two days after a high-level eruption at Sangay volcano, Ecuador.1 At 09:20...

December 04, 2021

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Ice sheet in Grímsvötn subsided 17 m (55.8 feet) in 9 days, Iceland

The ice sheet in Grímsvötn has subsided about 17 m (55.8 feet) from November 24 to December 2, 2021. This is about 9 days since it started subsiding and running water began to break its way under the glacier. The Meteorological Office's hydrologists...

December 03, 2021

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits South Sandwich Islands region

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit South Sandwich Islands region at 08:33 UTC on December 3, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 9.9 km (6.1 miles). The EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 80 km (49.7 miles). This is the second M6+...

December 03, 2021

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Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Easter Island region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit the Easter Island region at 04:40 UTC on December 3, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 33 km (20.5 miles). The epicenter was located 324...

December 03, 2021

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At least 18 dead or missing after severe floods hit Vietnam

At least 18 people have died or are missing after heavy rains affecting Vietnam since November 26, 2021, caused severe floods and damage. The death toll was confirmed by Vietnam Disaster Management Agency (VDMA) on December 1. The worst affected was Phu Yen with 10...

December 02, 2021

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Major explosive event at Sangay volcano, ash to possibly 15.2 km (50 000 feet) a.s.l., Ecuador

A major explosive event was registered at Sangay volcano, Ecuador at 09:03 on December 2, 2021. The Washington VAAC is reporting volcanic ash rising up to possibly 15.2 km (50 000 feet) above sea level. Consequently, there is a possibility of ashfall in the areas...

December 02, 2021

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Ice sheet at Grímsvötn subsided almost 10 m (33 feet), Iceland

The GPS meter in Grímsvötn shows that the ice cap continues to descend and it has sunk almost 9.87 m (32.4 feet) since it was measured highest on November 24, 2021, the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) reports. Running water has now appeared in...

December 01, 2021

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Total solar eclipse of December 4, 2021

A total solar eclipse will take place on December 4, 2021, just two weeks after a partial lunar eclipse on November 19 - the longest since 1440 and until 2669​.1 The total eclipse will be visible from Antarctica and partially visible from South Africa and south...

December 01, 2021

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Newly-discovered asteroid 2021 WF3 to fly past Earth at 0.37 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 WF3 will fly past Earth at a distance of 0.37 LD / 0.00096 AU (143 615 km / 89 240 miles) at 18:36 UTC on December 1, 2021. This is the 133rd known asteroid to fly past Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

November 30, 2021

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Another atmospheric river hits flood-stricken British Columbia, Canada

The third atmospheric river in the past 7 days is affecting British Columbia, Canada since early Tuesday morning (LT), November 30, 2021, bringing heavy rain and mountain snow. Significant precipitation continues to overspread coastal and southern portions of...

November 30, 2021

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Sudden phreatic eruption at Pinatubo volcano, Philippines

A sudden phreatic eruption took place at Pinatubo volcano, Philippines between 04:09 and 04:13 UTC (12:09 - 12:13 PHT) on November 30, 2021. The Tokyo VAAC reported a possible eruption at the volcano with ash observed rising up to 13.4 km (44 000 feet) above sea...

November 30, 2021

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits New Ireland region, Papua New Guinea

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit New Ireland region, Papua New Guinea at 10:36 UTC on November 30, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located...

November 30, 2021

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Powerful windstorm hits Istanbul, claiming at least 4 lives and injuring dozens others, Turkey

A severe windstorm hit Turkey's biggest city Istanbul (population 15.5 million) on Monday, November 29, 2021, leaving at least 4 people dead and 38 others injured. Turkey's weather agency issued an orange-level storm warning (3 of 4) for 17 provinces, and a...

November 29, 2021

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Izu Islands, Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.6 hit Izu Islands region, Japan at 12:40 UTC (21:40 JST) on November 29, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 6.1 km (3.8 miles); EMSC M6.4 at...

November 29, 2021

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Submarine eruption at Iliwerung volcano, Indonesia

A new submarine eruption started at Iliwerung volcano, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia at 13:52 UTC (21:52 WITA) on November 28, 2021, and lasted about 1 hour. As a result, the Alert Level was raised from 1 (Normal) to 2 (Alert) at 02:00 UTC on November 29. The...

November 29, 2021

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Powerful M7.5 earthquake hits northern Peru

A major earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.5 hit a very sparsely populated region of northern Peru at 10:52 UTC on November 28, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 112.5 km (69.9 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.5 at a depth of 110 km (68.3 miles). The...

November 28, 2021

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Extreme winds hit parts of UK, pushing Arctic air toward Europe

Powerful winds brought by Storm Arwen affected a wide swathe of the United Kingdom on November 26 and 27, 2021, leaving as many as 143 000 customers without power. The storm is now pushing frigid Arctic air toward Europe and bringing snow to Spain. As expected, the...

November 27, 2021

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Severe flood hits Malta during one of the country's worst storms ever

A powerful storm hit Malta on November 25, 2021, dumping a month's worth of rain in just several hours and causing severe floods. The country's Civil Protection Department described it as 'one of the worst storms in a very long time.' A severe...

November 26, 2021

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Rare Red weather warning issued for Storm Arwen, U.K.

The UK Met Office has issued a rare Red weather warning for coastal areas in the northeast of the United Kingdom as Storm Arwen, named on November 25, is expected to bring high winds and disruption for much of the UK. "Storm Arwen is associated with a deep low...

November 26, 2021

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Myanmar-India border region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit the Myanmar-India border region at 23:45 UTC on November 25, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 32 km (19 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 33 km (20 miles). The epicenter was...

November 26, 2021

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CME produced by filament eruption expected to reach Earth on November 27

An approximate 10-degree filament eruption, centered near S36E33, was observed in GONG H-alpha imagery beginning at 09:58 UTC on November 24, 2021. An associated coronal mass ejection (CME) was observed in SOHO/LASCO C2 imagery beginning at 14:12 UTC on November 24...

November 25, 2021

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Ice sheet in Grímsvötn subsiding, could lead to an eruption, Iceland

The Scientific Advisory Board for the Civil Defense met on November 24, 2021, to discuss changes measured at Grímsvötn. GPS measurements are showing that the ice sheet has started subsiding which indicates that a flood from Grímsvötn is...

November 25, 2021

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M6.0 earthquake hits Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands at 12:04 UTC on November 25, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 39.9 km (24.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 30 km (18 miles). The epicenter...

November 25, 2021

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Heavy snow and blizzards hit northeastern China

China's northeastern provinces are enduring the country's third cold wave of the season since Saturday, November 20, 2021, with heavy snow and blizzards sweeping the region. The most aggressive phase of the event hit the provinces of Heilongjiang and Jilin...

November 25, 2021

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Significant rain event expected to impact western parts of the South Island, New Zealand

A significant rain event is expected to impact western parts of the South Island, New Zealand during the next few days. Severe weather forecasters have already issued Orange Heavy Rain Warnings for parts of Westland and Fiordland with Heavy Rain Watches also in...

November 25, 2021

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Short-lived phreatomagmatic bursts at Taal volcano, Philippines

Three short-lived phreatomagmatic bursts, lasting between 1 and 5 minutes, were recorded at Taal volcano, Philippines on November 22, 2021, ejectnig plumes up to 1.5 km (4 900 feet) above the crater. The volcano remains at Alert Level 2 (Increased Unrest). In 24...

November 23, 2021

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Parts of northern Saudi Arabia covered in a layer of hail and snow

Parts of northern Saudi Arabia were covered in a fine layer of hail and snow on Sunday, November 21, 2021, as temperatures plummeted to approximately 7 °C (44.6 °F). One of the affected cities was Qurayyat, Al Jawf Province, located about 30 km (18 miles)...

November 22, 2021

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Potent cold front to track through the Northeast, caution for those traveling during Thanksgiving week around the Great Lakes

A sweeping cold front will bring widespread showers along the U.S. East Coast this week, followed by lake effect snow across the Great Lakes region. As the holiday week gets off and running, much of the continental U.S. will be devoid of hazards the first half of...

November 22, 2021

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State of crisis and regional emergency declared for the island of Vulcano, Italy

The Sicilian government has declared a state of crisis and regional emergency for the island of Vulcano. The decision was made on November 19, 2021, due to increased volcanic activity at the volcano. The declaration will allow activation of all the necessary...

November 21, 2021

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At least 26 people dead, more than 100 missing after massive floods and landslides hit southern India

At least 26 people have been killed and more than 100 remain missing after heavy rains caused massive floods in parts of southern India over the past couple of days. Many homes, roads, and bridges have been damaged or destroyed and livestock swept away. At least 17...

November 20, 2021

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Agricultural disaster after record rains cause catastrophic floods in British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia has declared a state of emergency on November 17, 2021, after several days of heavy rain caused catastrophic floods in parts of the province. At least 1 person has been killed but officials fear the death toll will rise. Another atmospheric river...

November 18, 2021

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits New Ireland region, P.N.G.

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit New Ireland region, Papua New Guinea at 14:08 UTC on November 18, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 36.3 km (22.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles). The epicenter...

November 18, 2021

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: November 10 - 16, 2021

New activity/unrest was reported for 2 volcanoes from November 10 to 16, 2021. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Turrialba, Costa Rica. Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu...

November 18, 2021

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Destructive tornado hits Sicily, killing one and injuring 2 others, Italy

One person was killed and two others injured after a tornado hit the Italian island of Sicily on November 17, 2021. This is the latest in a series of deaths in Italy caused by extreme weather events in recent weeks. The twister affected Trebalate, Serrameta,...

November 18, 2021

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Daylight fireball over the Northeastern U.S.

A daylight fireball was seen just off the coast of New Jersey, U.S. at 21:30 UTC (16:30 EST) on November 13, 2021. The object was seen for more than 4 seconds. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received more than 230 reports, mainly from the New Jersey area but...

November 17, 2021

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Waterspout outbreak over the central Mediterranean Sea

A waterspout outbreak is in progress over the central Mediterranean Sea since November 13, 2021, with most of them along the Sicilian southwest coast. According to the International Centre for Waterspout Research (ICWR), waterspouts have been reported off of Italy...

November 17, 2021

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Natural gas prices in Europe soar as Germany suspends approval for Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Natural gas prices in Europe soared again on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, as the German Federal Network Agency -- Bundesnetzagentur -- suspended the process of certifying the new Russian gas pipeline called Nord Stream 2. The pipeline was completed in September...

November 16, 2021

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Atmospheric river hits British Columbia, causing major floods and landslides, Canada

Another round of heavy rain caused by atmospheric river caused major flooding and landslides in southern British Columbia, Canada, and parts of Washington and Oregon in the United States on November 14 and 15, 2021. Some parts of the region received nearly 255 mm...

November 16, 2021

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Severe damage after cricket ball-sized hail hits Lydenburg, South Africa

A severe hailstorm classified by the South African Weather Service (SAWS) as a superstorm, hit the town of Lydenburg in Thaba Chweu Local Municipality, Mpumalanga highveld during the afternoon hours of Sunday, November 14, 2021. Some of the hailstones were larger...

November 16, 2021