Teo Blašković

Teo Blašković

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Major winter storm to strike California with excessive rain and heavy mountain snow

A major winter storm is forecast to strike California, U.S. with excessive rain and heavy mountain snow later today, January 26 through Thursday, January 28, 2021. While this will be beneficial rain and snow given the ongoing drought conditions, in some instances it...

January 26, 2021

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Multiple storms impacting U.S. with winter weather from coast to coast

Multiple winter storms will impact much of the U.S. with winter weather over the next few days, the National Weather Service (NWS) warns. One storm is producing heavy snow from the Midwest into the Great Lakes and Northeast with a wintry mix in the...

January 26, 2021

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Large tornado hits Fultondale, causing significant damage, Alabama

At least one person has been killed and more than 20 injured after a large tornado ripped through Fultondale, Alabama, U.S. at around 22:30 CST on January 25, 2021 (05:30 UTC, January 26), causing significant material damage and downing trees. The tornado was...

January 26, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 AH8 flew past Earth at 0.14 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 AH8 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.14 LD / 0.00035 AU (52 360 km / 32 534 miles) from the center of our planet at 19:22 UTC on January 4, 2021. This is the 9th known asteroid to fly past Earth since the start of the...

January 26, 2021

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Twilight fireball over Belgium

A bright fireball streaked through the early morning sky over Belgium at 06:52 UTC on January 22, 2021. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received 192 reports from the Netherlands, Belgium, northern France, and England, UK. According to FRIPON, some...

January 25, 2021

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Storm Hortense hits Mallorca with wind gusts up to 170 km/h (105 mph), Spain

Storm Hortense left a trail of destruction after it made landfall in Mallorca, Spain on January 23, 2021. Significant damage was reported across the island and at least 2 people were injured. Aemet reported a gust of 130 km/h (81 mph) at Son Sant Airport, which...

January 25, 2021

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At least 12 killed after Tropical Cyclone "Eloise" makes landfall near Beira, Mozambique

Tropical Cyclone "Eloise" made landfall just south of the port city of Beira, Mozambique early Saturday morning (LT), January 23, 2021. At least 13 people have been killed since the storm formed - 1 in Madagascar, 9 in Mozambique, and 3 in Zimbabwe. The...

January 24, 2021

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Shallow M7.1 earthquake hits South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

An intense earthquake swarm continues in Bransfield Strait, Antarctica, with a very strong and shallow earthquake registered by CSN Chile and EMSC as M7.1 at 23:36 UTC on January 23, 2021. USGS is reporting it as M6.9 at a depth of 9.6 km (6 miles). The epicenter...

January 24, 2021

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Very dangerous Tropical Cyclone "Eloise" to make landfall near Beira, Mozambique

Tropical Cyclone "Eloise" is moving WSW over the Mozambique Channel, towards the central coast of Mozambique. Environmental conditions are conducive for significant or even rapid strengthening before landfall on the evening of January 22 (LT) or the...

January 22, 2021

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Very bright fireball over Madrid, Spain

A very bright fireball was spotted over Madrid at about 02:56 UTC on January 21, 2021, and recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN). The bolide was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the...

January 22, 2021

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Large waterspout near the coast of Central Java, Indonesia

A large waterspout formed in Gajah Mungkur Reservoir at Wonogiri, Central Java, Indonesia at around 16:30 LT on January 20, 2021. The Chief Executive of the Wonogiri District Disaster Management Agency, Bambang Hariyadi, said the waterspout swirled over the...

January 22, 2021

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Earthquake swarm in the vicinity of El Chichon volcano, Mexico

Mexico's National Seismological Service (SSN) has registered a total of 22 earthquakes within 35 km (22 miles) of El Chichon (El Chichonal) volcano from December 24, 2020, to January 19, 2021. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 1982 (VEI 5). More...

January 22, 2021

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AMS camera system detects meteor outburst of unknown origin

The American Meteor Society (AMS) camera system captured a swarm of 7 bright meteors of unknown origin within just 3 seconds of one another at 11:50 UTC on January 18, 2021. Five of the seven meteor paths intersected in an area just east of the 3rd magnitude star...

January 22, 2021

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Slight rise in abnormal behavior at Mayon volcano, Philippines

Mayon volcano in Albay, Philippines exhibited a slight increase in abnormal behavior over the past 48 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Lignon Hill Observatory reported on Thursday, January 21, 2021. The volcano's...

January 21, 2021

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Powerful M7.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines

A powerful earthquake registered by PHIVOLCS as M7.1 hit off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines at 12:23 UTC (20:23 LT) on January 21, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 116 km (72 miles). The USGS is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 96 km (60 miles), EMSC M7.1 at...

January 21, 2021

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Bright fireball seen over wide areas of Japan

A bright fireball was seen and recorded over Japan at 11:32 UTC on January 20, 2021 (20:32 JST). The object was seen for several seconds over wide areas of Japan, including Kanto, Tokai, and Kinki. Fujii Daichi, a curator who specializes in astronomy at the...

January 21, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 BR2 flew past Earth at 0.19 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 BR2 flew past Earth at 0.19 LD / 0.00049 AU (73 300 km / 45 550 miles) from the center of our planet at 02:25 UTC on January 16, 2021. This is the 8th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start...

January 21, 2021

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Increased activity at Raung volcano, Alert Level raised to 2 - Aviation Color Code to Orange, Indonesia

Indonesian Raung volcano started erupting at 22:18 UTC on January 20, 2020, prompting authorities to raise the Alert Level to 2 and the Aviation Color Code to Orange. At 00:30 UTC on January 21, ash was rising about 3.7 km (12 000 feet) above sea level and drifting...

January 21, 2021

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: January 13 - 19, 2021

New/activity unrest was reported for 7 volcanoes from January 13 to 19, 2021. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Langila, New Britain (Papua New Guinea) | Merapi, Central...

January 21, 2021

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Severe floods hit Bolivia and Paraguay

Floods triggered by heavy rainfall have been reported in parts of Bolivia and Paraguay over the past couple of days, resulting in damage and casualties. Floods affected 7 of Bolivias 9 provinces. The worst affected are Cochabamba, Beni, and Pando, where floods and...

January 20, 2021

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Eloise makes landfall over Madagascar, conditions conducive for rapid re-intensification in the Mozambique Channel

Moderate Tropical Storm "Eloise" made landfall in Antalaha, Sava region of Madagascar on the evening of January 19 (LT), 2021. Eloise is expected to bring heavy rains to parts of Madagascar before re-emerging in the Mozambique Channel on January 21 and...

January 20, 2021

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New paroxysmal eruptive episode at Etna's Southeast Crater, Italy

After four weeks of moderate activity at its summit craters, Etna has unleashed a new paroxysmal eruptive episode from its Southeast Crater on the evening of January 18, 2021. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red at 20:21 UTC and lowered back to Orange at 05:46...

January 19, 2021

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Very strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit San Juan, Argentina at 02:46 UTC (23:46 LT) on January 19, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located about 29 km...

January 19, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 BO flew past Earth at 0.06 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 BO flew past Earth at 0.06 LD / 0.00016 AU (23 935 km / 14 900 miles) at 08:19 UTC on January 18, 2021. On the same day, at 01:16 UTC, another asteroid -- designated 2021 BK -- flew past us at a distance of 0.59 LD...

January 18, 2021

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Tropical Storm "Eloise" forecast to strike Madagascar and Mozambique

Tropical Storm "Eloise" formed on January 15, 2021, as the 5th named storm of the 2020/21 Southwest Indian Ocean cyclone season. The cyclone is moving toward Madagascar. A landfall at tropical cyclone intensity on January 19 remains a real possibility,...

January 18, 2021

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Tropical Cyclone "Kimi" to make landfall over Queensland, Australia

Tropical Cyclone "Kimi" formed at 02:10 UTC on January 17, 2021, as the 3rd named storm of the 2020/21 Australian region cyclone season. Kimi is moving slowly south of the north tropical Queensland coast and is expected to turn southwest tonight (LT) and...

January 17, 2021

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Massive pyroclastic flow at Semeru volcano, Indonesia

A massive pyroclastic flow was generated at the Indonesian Semeru volcano at 10:24 UTC (17:24 WIB) on January 16, 2021. According to the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG), the flow slid approximately 4.5 km (2.8 miles) down the...

January 17, 2021

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Shikhzekhirli mud volcano erupts in Azerbaijan

Shikhzekhirli mud volcano in Azerbaijan's Gobustan erupted on January 15, 2021, covering 2.5 ha (6.2 acres) of land with solid waste. Shikhzekhirli is one of the most active mud volcanoes in the world. This is its 25th paroxysm since 1810. The volcano erupted in...

January 16, 2021

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Wildfires force evacations in Quilpue, Valparaiso, Chile

At least two wildfires are burning in Quilpue (population 172 000), Valparaiso, Chile, prompting the country's National Emergency Office (ONEMI) to order the evacuation of some parts of the city. At least 6 homes have been already been consumed by flames, ONEMI...

January 15, 2021

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Lava dome continues to grow at Soufriere volcano, St. Vincent and The Grenadines

The lava dome at Soufriere volcano continues to grow laterally towards the east and west. The volcano continues to exude magma on the surface and steam can still be observed from the Belmont Observatory. The alert level remains at Orange. The University of the West...

January 15, 2021

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At least 81 people killed, hundreds injured as M6.2 earthquake hits West Sulawesi, Indonesia

At least 81 people have been killed and more than 600 injured after a shallow M6.2 earthquake hit West Sulawesi, Indonesia at 18:28 UTC on January 14, 2021 (01:28 LT, January 15). Many people are still trapped under the rubble and rescue workers fear the death toll...

January 15, 2021

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Freezing temperatures in Saudi Arabia's Asir for the first time since 1971

Freezing temperatures and snowfall have been reported in Saudi Arabia's Asir Province on January 10, 2021, leaving urban areas, mountains, and deserts covered in snow. The temperatures in the region dropped below -2 °C (28.4 °F) for the first time in 50...

January 14, 2021

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Ice covers deserts of Ain Sefra, Algeria

Ice has again covered deserts around the Algerian town of Ain Sefra -- The Gateway to the Sahara -- on January 13, 2021. This is the fourth winter in a row we receive snow or ice reports from this area. Related articles: Snow covers northern Algeria's desert...

January 14, 2021

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Very strong M6.2 earthquake hits West Sulawesi, Indonesia

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit Sulawesi, Indonesia at 18:28 UTC on January 14, 2021 (01:28 LT, January 15). The agency is reporting a depth of 18.4 km (11.4 miles). BMKG and EMSC are reporting M6.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles)....

January 14, 2021

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Large and powerful low pressure system in the Central U.S.

A large and powerful low pressure system will develop and intensify across the Central U.S. on Thursday, January 14, 2021. The two main hazards will be heavy snow and high winds. Winter storm and blizzard warnings are in effect for portions of the Upper Midwest and...

January 14, 2021

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: January 6 - 12, 2021

New activity/unrest was reported for 7 volcanoes from January 6 - 12, 2021. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Langila, New Britain (Papua New Guinea) | Merapi, Central Java...

January 13, 2021

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Slow recovery after worst snowstorm since 1971 hits Spain

A moist, low-pressure weather system over the Atlantic ocean collided with a cold air mass sitting over western Europe on January 7 and 8, 2021, resulting in heavy rainfall and flash floods in southern parts of Spain, and the heaviest snowfall in central, northern,...

January 12, 2021

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Slow-moving transient sparks vivid auroras around the Arctic circle

Solar wind parameters reflected the arrival of a slow-moving transient at approximately 08:23 UTC on January 11, 2021. At this time, density, temperature, and wind speed increased, sparking vivid auroras around the Arctic circle. The cause of the shock wave might...

January 12, 2021

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Shallow M6.7 earthquake hits Russia - Mongolia border region

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.7 hit Russia - Mongolia border region at 21:32 UTC on January 11, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The quake was followed by M5.2 at...

January 11, 2021

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Powerful winter stom hits southern U.S., leaving more than 150 000 customers without power

A powerful winter storm swept through Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi on Sunday, January 10, 2021, leaving more than 150 000 customers without power. Parts of Texas registered up to 23 cm (9 inches) of snow, causing power outages, making travel difficult, and...

January 11, 2021