Teo Blašković

Teo Blašković

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


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Taal volcano: 104 377 people still in evacuation shelters, intense seismicity continues, Alert Level 4

More than 200 000 people have been affected since the Taal volcano started erupting on January 12, 2020. The Alert Level 4 remains in effect - hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days. The eruption affected a total of 203 763 people in Batangas,...

January 19, 2020

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Eruption at Shishaldin volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Alaska

Starting at about 09:30 UTC (00:30 AKST) on January 19, 2020, the eruption at Shishaldin volcano in Alaska intensified, and about 13:30 UTC began generating a more ash-rich volcanic plume. The aviation color code was raised to RED and the volcano alert level to...

January 19, 2020

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Strong M6.0 earthquake hits Sulawesi at intermediate depth, Indonesia

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia, at 16:58 UTC on January 19, 2020 (00:58 LT, January 20) at a depth of 118.1 km (73 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 138 km (85.7 miles). The epicenter was...

January 19, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit southern Xinjiang, China at 13:27 UTC (19:27 local time) on January 19, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.8 at 10 km (6.2 miles). China Earthquake...

January 19, 2020

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Eruptive activity resumes at Shishaldin volcano, lava flows on the NE flank, Alaska

Eruptive activity at Shishaldin volcano resumed on January 18, 2020, with lava flows visible on the NE flank. The Aviation Color Code remains Orange and Alert Level Watch since January 7. A weak plume, possibly containing a small quantity of ash, is visible in...

January 19, 2020

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Papua, Indonesia at 16:38 UTC on January 18, 2020 (01:38 LT, January 19). The agency is reporting a depth of 33 km (20 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 60 km (37 miles). The epicenter was...

January 18, 2020

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Powerful blizzard, epic snowfall rates hit Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's declares a state emergency

A rapidly intensifying winter storm brought intense blizzard conditions to parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada on Friday, January 17, 2020, forcing St. John's authorities to issue a state of emergency. Epic snowfall rates of more than 10 cm (3.9 inches)...

January 17, 2020

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: January 8 - 14, 2020

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes from January 8 to 14, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Fernandina, Ecuador | Krakatau, Indonesia | Kuchinoerabujima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan) | Taal,...

January 16, 2020

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Sounds of the solar wind as recorded by Parker Solar Probe

Just 17 months since launch, and after three orbits around the Sun, NASA's Parker Solar Probe – designed, built, and now operated by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) – brings us amazing sounds of solar wind and hints at origins of this...

January 16, 2020

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Powerful new winter storm to slam Pacific Northwest, move toward Plains and Midwest, U.S.

A powerful winter storm with areas of heavy snow and ice will cross the Pacific Northwest tonight, January 15 into 16, 2020 and drive east across the Plains and Midwest by the end of the week, NWS warns. "A very strong area of low pressure currently focused...

January 15, 2020

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NEID - New planet-hunting instrument installed on the WIYN telescope, Arizona

A new planet-hunting instrument has been installed on the WIYN telescope, on Arizona’s Kitt Peak. NEID spectrometer (pronounced 'NOO-id') is one of the first instruments of its kind with the precision to detect small, terrestrial planets around nearby...

January 15, 2020

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Taal: Multiple new fissures reported, total evacuation within 14 km (8.6 miles), Philippines

Multiple new fissures (cracks) were observed around Taal volcano on January 14, 2020, two days after intense unrest began. Fissures, accompanied by intense seismicity activity, are an indication of an imminent explosive eruption, PHIVOLCS warns. The agency strongly...

January 14, 2020

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New eruption at Fernandina volcano (Cerro la Cumbre), lava flows descending to the coast - Galapagos, Ecuador

A new eruption started at Fernandina volcano (Cerro La Cumbre), Galapagos, Ecuador on January 12, 2020. The last eruption of this volcano took place from June 16 to 18, 2018. The island has no human population. The eruptive activity started between 23:00 and 23:10...

January 13, 2020

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Powerful eruption at Taal volcano, volcanic ash to 16.7 km (55 000 feet) a.s.l., Philippines

Taal volcano in the Philippines started erupting at 06:04 UTC on January 12, 2020, for the first time since 1977. The volcanic ash cloud is reaching up to 16.7 km (55 000 feet) above sea level, according to data provided by the Tokyo VAAC. PHIVOLCS said it strongly...

January 12, 2020

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Eruption at Kuchinoerabujima volcano, Japan

Japan's Kuchinoerabujima volcano erupted at 06:05 UTC on January 11, 2020, ejecting volcanic material up to 300 m (984 feet) from the crater of Mount Shindake. This is the first eruption at the volcano since February 2, 2019. Kuchinoerabujima is a volcano island...

January 11, 2020

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Shallow M5.9 earthquake hits Puerto Rico

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.9 (downgraded from M6.0) hit southern Puerto Rico at 12:54 UTC (08:54 LT) on January 11, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The quake comes 4 days after shallow M6.4 -- the...

January 11, 2020

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Bright fireball explodes over Germany and Poland

A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over eastern Germany and Poland at around 03:05 UTC on January 5, 2020. The event was captured on two AMS/AKM cameras. There is a possibility some pieces of the object survived and ended somewhere in far western...

January 11, 2020

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: January 1 - 7, 2020

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes from January 1 to 7, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kirishimayama, Kyushu (Japan) | Krakatau, Indonesia | White Island, North Island (New Zealand)....

January 10, 2020

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Strong explosion at Popocatepetl volcano, ash to 11.3 km (37 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico

A strong explosion took place at Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano at 12:31 UTC (06:31 LT) on January 9, 2020. At least two volcanic ash clouds were produced today, with initial rising up to 11.3 km (37 000 feet) above sea level, and second to 9.1 km (30 000 feet)...

January 09, 2020

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Rare M6.3 earthquake hits Chukotskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug, Russia's Far East

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit sparsely populated Chukotskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug, Russia at 08:38 UTC (20:38 LT) on January 9, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and...

January 09, 2020

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Major multi-hazard storm forecast to impact the Southern Plains and Midwest this Friday, shifting to the East Coast over the weekend

A major multi-hazard storm is forecast to impact the Southern Plains and Midwest this Friday, January 10, 2020, shifting to the East Coast by Sunday, January 12, NWS warns. Meanwhile, severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and tornadoes are forecast in parts of...

January 08, 2020

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Blake hits Western Australia, new tropical system forming near Northern Territory expected to make landfall between Maningrida and Croker Island

Tropical Cyclone "Blake" made landfall near Wallal Downs, Western Australia on January 7, 2020 with winds up to 85 km/h (53 mph) and heavy rain. Blake is the first named storm of the 2019/20 Australian region cyclone season. Meanwhile, another tropical...

January 08, 2020

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Strong eruption at Shishaldin ends, Aviation Color Code lowered to Orange, Alaska

Ash cloud produced by the strong eruption at Shishaldin volcano, Aleutian Islands, Alaska at 14:10 UTC on January 7, 2020, reached 10 km (33 000 feet) above sea level before midnight UTC. Volcanic ash tops were raised from previously reported 7.6 km (25 000 feet)...

January 08, 2020

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Eruption at Shishaldin intensifies, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Alaska

Ash eruption at Shishaldin continues and has intensified as shown in satellite and lightning data, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reported at 21:33 UTC on January 7, 2020. Satellite data suggest the ash cloud is as high as 8.2 km (27 000 feet) above sea level...

January 07, 2020

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M6.0 earthquake hits New Britain Region at intermediate depth, Papua New Guinea

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea at 19:11 UTC on January 7, 2020 (05:11 LT, January 8). The agency is reporting a depth of 116.8 km (72 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 150 km (93 miles). This is...

January 07, 2020

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Very strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Puerto Rico -- power outages, widespread damage reported

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 (downgraded from M6.5) hit southern Puerto Rico at 08:24 UTC (04:24 local time) on January 7, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 6.7 km (4.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 10 km...

January 07, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Aceh, Indonesia

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit near Sinabang, Aceh, Indonesia at 06:50 UTC (13:05 LT) on January 7, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 20.3 km (12.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). The...

January 07, 2020

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Newly discovered asteroid 2020 AP1 flew past Earth at 0.85 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2020 AP1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.85 LD / 0.00218 AU (326 123 km / 202 643 miles) on January 2, 2020. This is the first known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance this year. In 2019, we had 76 such...

January 06, 2020

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Intense earthquake swarm shaking southern Puerto Rico, damage reported after today's M5.8

Numerous moderate to strong earthquakes shook southern Puerto Rico over the past 9 days, with the strongest earthquake in the sequence -- M5.8 on January 6, 2020. The quake struck 13 km (8 miles) SSE of Indios. "I've spent 29 years with Puerto Rico's...

January 06, 2020

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Tropical Cyclone "Blake" forms near northern Western Australia, landfall expected January 8/9

Tropical Cyclone "Blake" formed at 00:00 UTC on Monday, January 6, 2020, off the northern coast of Western Australia, as the first tropical cyclone of the 2019/20 Australian region cyclone season. Landfall is expected in the vicinity of Wallal Downs along...

January 06, 2020

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Photo report: Ice covers desert town of Ain Sefra -- The Gateway to the Sahara, Algeria

Ice has covered deserts around the Algerian town of Ain Sefra -- The Gateway to the Sahara -- on December 31, 2019. This is the third winter in a row we receive snow or ice reports from this area. Some of you hardcore watchers will remember Ain Sefra and amazing...

January 05, 2020

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Rare extreme avalanche warning for British Columbia's Sea-to-Sky region, Canada

Avalanche Canada has issued a rare extreme avalanche warning for BC's Sea-to-Sky region on Friday, January 3, 2020, as a result of a combination of a weak snowpack and intense storm activity. The warning is expected to remain in place through Saturday, January...

January 04, 2020

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Massive floods in Indonesia claim 53 lives, 173 000 in emergency centers

Exceptionally heavy rain hit Jakarta Metropolitan Area on December 31, 2019, and January 1, 2020, with up to 377 mm (14.8 inches) of rain in just 24 hours. On average, Jakarta sees 203.2 mm (8 inches) of rainfall during the entire month of December. More heavy to...

January 04, 2020

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Eruption at Shishaldin volcano, ash cloud to 7.3 km (24 000 feet) a.s.l., Alaska

A new eruption is taking place at Shishaldin volcano, Alaska on January 3, 2020, with ash cloud rising to 6 - 7.3 km (20 000 - 24 000 feet) above sea level at 21:00 UTC, drifting E-SE. According to Alaska Volcano Observatory, the level of seismicity has increased to...

January 03, 2020

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Wildfires claim 22 lives, destroy 2 500 buildings and scorch 5.9 million ha (15 million acres) -- extreme fire weather warning, Australia

Bushfires in Australia have killed at least 22 people since August 2019 and destroyed more than 2 500 buildings, including over 1 400 homes. In addition, 28 people are still missing in the state of Victoria. Half a billion animals have been killed, including a third...

January 03, 2020

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2020 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks around 08:00 UTC on January 4

Quadrantid Meteor Shower is predicted to peak at around 08:20 UTC on January 4, 2020, favoring observers in North America. The first-quarter moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving fairly dark skies for what could be, weather permitting, a good show this year....

January 03, 2020

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JMA raises alert level for Kirishimayama (Shinmoedake) volcano, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has raised the alert level for Kirishimayama (Shinmoedake) volcano from Level 1 to Level 2 on January 2, 2020. This is a Near-crater warning, urging residents and tourists to refrain from approaching the crater in Kobayashi,...

January 03, 2020

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Night Sky Guide for January 2020

January 3 - Moon at First Quarter - 04:46 UTC. The Moon will be prominent in the evening sky, setting around midnight. At this time in its monthly cycle of phases, it appears almost exactly half illuminated. January 4 - Quadrantid Meteor Shower. This is an...

January 03, 2020

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: December 25 - 31, 2019

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes from December 25 - 31, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Krakatau, Indonesia | Pavlof, United States |...

January 02, 2020

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Asteroid 2019 YV4 flew past Earth at 0.98 LD

Asteroid 2019 YV4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.98 LD / 0.00251 AU (375 490 km / 233 319 miles) on December 25, 2019. This is the 76th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance in 2019. 2019 YV4 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and was first...

January 02, 2020