Teo Blašković

Teo Blašković

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


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Strombolian explosions every 3 - 5 minutes, new scoria cone growing in the crater, Mount Etna

Eruption continues at Mount Etna's Voragine crater with strombolian explosions every 3 to 5 minutes. The explosions are ejecting coarse-grained material, which rises to several tens of meters above the crater rim, with some products falling onto the rims and...

September 16, 2019

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Giant hail, 3 months' worth of rain in 40 minutes hit parts of northern Algeira

The same weather system that left 6 people dead in Spain, affected northern Algeria by the end of the last week, dumping very heavy rain and giant hailstones. Algeria's capital received 40 mm (1.5 inches) of rain in 40 minutes on September 13, which is the...

September 16, 2019

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Shallow M5.5 earthquake hits Zhangye, China

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.5 hit Zhangye, China at 12:48 UTC (20:48 LT) on September 16, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 12.8 km (7.9 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.5 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). China Earthquake Networks Center...

September 16, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 QR8 flew past Earth at 0.80 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 QR8 flew past Earth at 0.80 LD / 0.00207 AU (309 667 km / 192 418 miles). This is the 42nd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. The object was first observed at Pan-STARRS-1,...

September 16, 2019

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Hurricane "Humberto" forecast to approach Bermuda on September 18

Humberto intensified into a Category 1 hurricane on September 16, while turning to the northeast. On the current forecast track, the center of Humberto is forecast to approach Bermuda late Wednesday or Wednesday night (EDT). Large swells are affecting much of the...

September 16, 2019

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Strong explosion at Sakurajima volcano, Japan

A relatively strong explosion took place at Sakurajima volcano, Aira caldera, Japan at 22:46 UTC on September 15, 2019 (07:46 LT, September 16). According to the Tokyo VAAC, the ash plume is reaching 4 000 m (13 000 feet) above sea level, extending SW. This is 2 880...

September 16, 2019

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Tropical Storm "Humberto" moving near the NW Bahamas, expected to become a hurricane in 2 to 3 days

A tropical depression near the Bahamas strengthened into Tropical Storm "Humberto" at 03:00 UTC on September 14, 2019. Humberto's latest forecast track takes its center north of the Bahamas and then well off the coast of USA. Intensification is...

September 14, 2019

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Tropical storm formation expected over the Bahamas later today or Saturday

A tropical disturbance, currently designated as Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine, is moving NW toward the NW Bahamas. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Jupiter Inlet to...

September 13, 2019

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Bright daylight meteor over northern Germany

A bright daylight meteor was recorded above northern Germany at 12:49 UTC on September 12, 2019. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 496 reports by 10:30 UTC (September 13) from the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Denmark. The Center for Near Earth...

September 12, 2019

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Tropical cyclone organizing over the Bahamas, heavy rainfall and gusty winds in region affected by Hurricane "Dorian"

Satellite images indicate that the area of disturbed weather over the central and southeastern Bahamas is gradually becoming better organized while surface pressures are falling in the area, NWS NHC warned at 12:00 UTC on September 12, 2019. Conditions are becoming...

September 12, 2019

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: September 4 - 10, 2019

New activity/unrest was reported for 1 volcano from September 4 to 10, 2019. Ongoing activity was reported for 19 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Villarrica, Chile Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Copahue,...

September 12, 2019

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2 500 people missing after destruction brought by Hurricane "Dorian"

A spokesman with the National Emergency Management Agency - Bahamas confirmed September 11, 2019, that 2 500 people are now registered as missing. However, the number is likely much higher as there were many undocumented people living there. ​The confirmed death...

September 11, 2019

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Large late-night tornado, strong straight-line winds hit Sioux Falls, causing significant damage, South Dakota

A large, late-night tornado hit south and central Sioux Falls, South Dakota around 23:41 LT on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 (04:41 UTC, September 11), causing significant damage and power outages. Residents were asked to stay out of roads and call 911 only in...

September 11, 2019

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Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event above South Pole to go down as the strongest on record

Very rare Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event continues unfolding above the South Pole. This SSW could go down in history as the strongest warming event on record, NIWA said, adding there is increased risk for southerlies in New Zealand into October. SSW...

September 10, 2019

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Villarrica volcano Alert Level raised to Orange for the first time since 2015, Chile

Sernageomin has raised the Alert Level for Villarrica volcano to Orange on September 9, 2019 and shared evacuation maps showing different meeting points for each nearby community before a possible eruption. The last major eruption at Villarica took place in 2015....

September 10, 2019

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Strombolian activity, high levels of volcanic tremor at Etna, Italy

Strombolian activity is still taking place at Etna's Northeast Crater, producing a diluted ash plume that disperses near the summit area, INGV reports. The volcanic tremor amplitude remains high. After 08:50 UTC on September 9, 2019, there has been a further...

September 10, 2019

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Powerful Typhoon "Faxai" hits Tokyo, leaving 1 million homes without power, killing at least 2 people and injuring 40, Japan

Powerful Typhoon "Faxai" made landfall in the coastal city of Chiba shortly before 20:00 UTC on September 8, 2019 (05:00 JST, September 9), bringing record-breaking wind gusts to parts of the region. Nearly 1 000 000 customers lost power, more than 100...

September 09, 2019

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Dorian leaves 500 000 without power after making landfall over Nova Scotia, Canada

The center of once very powerful Category 5 Hurricane - Post-Tropical Cyclone "Dorian" made its 5th landfall near Sambro Creek, Nova Scotia, Canada at 22:15 UTC on September 7, 2019, with maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h (100 mph) and estimated central...

September 09, 2019

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Slow-moving bright fireball over the English Channel

A bright, slow-moving fireball was recorded over the English Channel at 04:51 UTC on September 8, 2019. The event lasted for more than 7 seconds. ​The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 91 reports over the next couple of hours, from people living across...

September 08, 2019

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1 dead, 29 injured after M5.4 earthquake hits Sichuan, China

A shallow earthquake registered by the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) as M5.4 hit China's Sichuan Province at 22:42 UTC on September 7, 2019 (06:42 LT, September 8). The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Both USGS and EMSC is reporting...

September 08, 2019

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Typhoon "Faxai" underwent extreme rapid intensification, closing in on Tokyo, Japan

Tropical Storm "Faxai" formed in the Pacific Ocean on September 5, 2019, as the 15th named storm of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season. The system is now closing in on Japan. Landfall is expected near Tokyo on September 8, 2019. Faxai has undergone extreme...

September 07, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 RP1 flew past Earth at 0.10 lunar distances - third closest in 2019

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 RP1 flew past Earth at 0.10 LD / 0.00025 AU (37 399 km / 23 238 miles) on September 5, 2019. This is the 41st known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the third closest. 2019...

September 07, 2019

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Typhoon "Lingling" heading toward North Korea, landfall expected September 7

Typhoon "Lingling," known as Liwayway in the Philippines, formed September 1 in the Western Pacific Ocean as the 14th named tropical storm of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season. The storm is now closing in on the Korean Peninsula with the landfall expected in...

September 06, 2019

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Etna getting more restless, values comparable to those seen shortly before the December 2018 eruption, Italy

The mean volcanic tremor amplitude at Etna volcano, Italy is showing an increasing trend, the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Osservatorio Etneo, reported September 6. Sounds characteristic of Strombolian activity and spattering have been heard this...

September 06, 2019

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Dorian makes landfall in North Carolina, heads toward Canada

Hurricane "Dorian" made landfall over the Cape Hatteras, North Carolina at 12:35 UTC (08:35 EDT) on September 6, 2019. With 3 over the Bahamas, this is its fourth landfall but not final as it continues moving toward Nova Scotia, Canada where it is expected...

September 06, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 RC1 to flyby Earth at 0.48 LD on September 7

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 RC1 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.48 LD / 0.00122 AU (182 509 km / 113 406 miles) at 10:48 UTC on September 7, 2019. This is the 40th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year...

September 06, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 RQ flew past Earth at 0.29 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 RQ flew past Earth at 0.29 LD / 0.00074 AU (110 702 km / 68 787 miles) on September 2, 2019. This is the 39th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. The object was first observed...

September 05, 2019

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Tropical Storm "Faxai" forms in the Pacific Ocean, heading toward Tokyo, Japan

Tropical Storm "Faxai" formed in the Pacific Ocean on September 5, 2019, as the 15th named storm of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season. At of 06:00 UTC on September 5, the center of Tropical Storm "Faxai" was located about 1 685 km (1 050 miles) ESE...

September 05, 2019

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Hurricane "Dorian" - damaging winds and life-threatening storm surges along the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts of USA

Hurricane "Dorian" is expected to bring damaging winds and life-threatening storm surges along a large portion of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts of the United States during the next couple of days, NHC warns. It continues to lash the coast of the...

September 05, 2019

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: August 28 - September 3, 2019

New activity/unrest was reported for 1 volcano from August 28 to September 3, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 21 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Stromboli, Aeolian Islands (Italy) Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Asosan,...

September 04, 2019

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Bright fireball, loud boom reported over Lake Ontario, USA

A fireball was reported streaking through the sky over the state of New York, USA at around 17:09 EDT (21:09 UTC) on September 2, 2019. The American Meteor Society (AMS) has so far received 19 reports from people living in New York, NY, Pennsylvania and Ontario,...

September 04, 2019

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Bright meteor event over Spain on September 3

This bright meteor overflew Spain at 20:52 UTC (22:52 local time) on September 3, 2019. It was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 85 000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 91 km (56 miles) over the province of Cáceres,...

September 04, 2019

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August 2019 was another record-setting month for Steamboat geyser, Yellowstone volcano, USA

August 2019 was another record-setting month for Steamboat geyser, which experienced water eruptions on August 12, 20, and 27. The August 27 eruption was the 33rd of 2019, breaking the record for eruptions in a calendar year that was set in 2018, the Yellowstone...

September 04, 2019

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Dorian dumps over 609 mm (24 inches) of rain on Grand Bahama, moving toward USA

Extremely-dangerous Hurricane "Dorian" dumped over 609 mm (24 inches) of rain over parts of Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands and claimed lives of at least 5 people. The current forecast track takes its core north of Grand Bahama Island through this evening...

September 03, 2019

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Tropical Storm "Fernand" forms in the western Gulf of Mexico, landfall expected September 4

Tropical Storm "Fernand" formed in the western Gulf of Mexico at 18:00 UTC on September 3, 2019, as the 6th named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm is heading toward eastern Mexico. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach...

September 03, 2019

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Category 3 Hurricane "Juliette" bearing down on Clarion Island, Mexico

Hurricane "Juliette," the 10th named storm and 3rd major hurricane of the 2019 Pacific hurricane season, is bearing down on Clarion Island, Mexico. The storm formed September 1 while all eyes were set on Hurricane "Dorian" and quickly intensified...

September 03, 2019

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Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event in progress over the South Pole

Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event is in progress over the South Pole, with temperatures rising more than 40 °C (72 °F) above normal. "These events are significant, as the warming and the disruption of the polar vortex eventually makes its way...

September 03, 2019

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Meteor-dropping fireball over Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

A very bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at around 04:28 UTC on September 1, 2019 (22:28 local time, August 31). The event lasted for about 5 seconds before the object disintegrated. There is possibility pieces of the...

September 02, 2019

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Very deep M6.7 earthquake hits 34 km (21 miles) NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji

A very deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.7 hit Fiji region at 15:54 UTC on September 1, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 604 km (375 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.7 at a depth of 608 km (377 miles). The epicenter was located 34 km (21 miles) NNE of...

September 01, 2019

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Earth enters a stream of fast-moving solar wind, G2 - Moderate Geomagnetic Storm Watch in effect

Our planet has entered a stream of fast-moving solar wind flowing from a large positive polarity coronal hole. A G1 - Minor Geomagnetic Storm Watch is in effect for August 31 and G2 - Moderate for September 1. Solar wind parameters reflected a slow regime through...

August 31, 2019