Teo Blašković

Teo Blašković

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: November 13 - 19, 2019

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes from November 13 to 19, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Kirishimayama, Kyushu (Japan) | Lateiki, Tonga Islands |...

November 20, 2019

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Deep M6.3 earthquake hits the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia

A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia at 08:26 UTC on November 20, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 487 km (302 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. This is the second M6+ earthquake of the day. It...

November 20, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit off the coast of Chiapas, southern Mexico at 04:27 UTC on November 20, 2019 (22:27 LT, November 19). The agency is reporting a depth of 26 km (16 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 60 km...

November 20, 2019

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577 homes destroyed in NSW bushfires, burn area more than 1.6 million ha (40.7 million acres), Australia

According to data provided by the Rural Fire Service, nearly 577 homes have been destroyed in New South Wales since the start of the fire 2019/20 season which quickly turned into the worst on record. Statewide, the burn area now covers more than 1 650 000 ha (40 772...

November 19, 2019

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Heavy rainfall and flash flooding threat over the Desert Southwest, U.S.

Tropical moisture from the remnants of Tropical Cyclone "Raymond" will be transporting northward into the Desert Southwest into the path of a strong closed upper low west of the Baja Peninsula on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. As this frontal system...

November 19, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 WH to flyby Earth at 0.22 LD on November 19

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 WH will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.22 LD / 0.00057 AU (85 270 km / 52 984 miles) on November 19, 2019. This object was first observed at Catalina Sky Survey, Arizona on November 18, just one day before its close...

November 19, 2019

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

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) raised the Volcanic Alert Level for Kirishimayama (Shinmoedake) volcano, Kyushu, Japan to Level 2 at 05:10 JST on November 18, 2019 (20:10 UTC, November 17). JMA is urging residents and tourists to refrain from approaching the...

November 18, 2019

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Further increase in activity at White Island, Volcanic Alert Level raised to 2, Aviation Color Code to Yellow, New Zealand

Volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island and some monitored parameters show further increases in activity. Hazards on the island are now greater than during the past few weeks, forcing authorities to raise the Volcanic Alert Level to 2 and Aviation Color...

November 18, 2019

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Strong and shallow M5.9 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.9 hit just 2 km (1.2 miles) north of Kadingilan, Mindanao, Philippines at 13:22 UTC (21:22 LT) on November 18, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.1 km (8.1 miles). This earthquake can have a...

November 18, 2019

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Record-setting wave measured in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia

A powerful Mediterranean storm named Victoria affected the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding countries, including Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, this week. The storm produced many notable events, including the largest wave ever recorded in Croatia...

November 17, 2019

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Earthquake swarm starts at Reykjanes volcanic system, Askja swarm still in progress, Iceland

An earthquake swarm started on Reykjanes ridge, 45 km (28 miles) SW of Reykjanes, Iceland, around 12:00 UTC on November 16, 2019. As of early November 17, the swarm seems to be decreasing. The last confirmed eruption at this system took place in 1926 (VEI 0) NE of...

November 17, 2019

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Tropical Storm "Raymond" heading toward southern Baja California

Tropical Storm "Raymond" formed at 15:00 UTC on November 15, 2019, off the coast of western Mexico as the 19 named storm of the 2019 Pacific hurricane season. While there are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect, interests in the southern...

November 16, 2019

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Dozens strong aftershocks after M7.1 earthquake in North Maluku, Indonesia

More than 35 strong aftershocks hit North Maluku, Indonesia in less than 24 hours after the M7.1 earthquake at 16:17 UTC (23:17 LT) on November 14, 2019. Magnitudes ranged from 4.4 to 6.0, according to data provided by the USGS. Image credit Google. Data provider...

November 15, 2019

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Second tornado hits KwaZulu-Natal in two days, South Africa

Just two days after a destructive tornado in which two people lost their lives, the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal was hit by another tornado on Thursday, November 14, 2019. The second tornado tore through Bergville, ner the Kilburn Dam in the Drakensberg....

November 15, 2019

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Major snowstorm hits France - widespread disruption reported, 300 000 homes without power

Snow, ice and heavy rain brought by the first major snowstorm of the 2019/20 season caused widespread disruption on the roads of southeastern France on November 14 and 15, 2019. At least one person has been killed and 300 000 customers left without electricity. Snow...

November 15, 2019

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Very strong M7.1 earthquake hits Molucca Sea, Indonesia - tsunami warning issued

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.1 hit the Molucca Sea, Indonesia at 16:17 UTC on November 14, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 62 km (38 miles). BMKG is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 73 km (45 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.2 at a depth of...

November 14, 2019

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: November 6 - 12, 2019

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes from November 6 - 12, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Manam, Papua New...

November 14, 2019

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Asteroids 2019 VB5 and VF5 flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance

Two newly discovered Apollo-class asteroids designated 2019 VB5 and VF5 flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance on November 9, 2019. 2019 VB5 was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey, Arizona on November 8, one day before its close approach. The object flew past us...

November 13, 2019

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Global weather October 2019

A series of monthly weather videos shows a combination of infrared imagery from the geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites of EUMETSAT, NOAA, the CMA and the JMA which, together, continuously observe the Earth's surface 24 hours a day, 365 days a year....

November 13, 2019

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'Scores of people' injured as very large tornado hits KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

A very large tornado hit New Hanover and Greytown, north of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal (KZN), South Africa on November 12, 2019, destroying homes, downing trees and power poles, and leaving 'scores of people' injured. The tornado was just one part of...

November 12, 2019

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Significant increase of activity at Shishaldin volcano, fire-fountaining observed, Alaska

Activity at Shishaldin has increased significantly over the past day with fire-fountaining observed in web camera views throughout the evening and night, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reported at 22:20 UTC on November 11, 2019. Strongly elevated surface...

November 12, 2019

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Tonga

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Tonga at 23:03 UTC on November 11, 2019, at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting it as M5.9 The epicenter was located 147 km (91 miles) W of Neiafu and 251 km (156 miles) N of Nuku'alofa, Tonga....

November 12, 2019

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Satellite imagery: Metis Shoal (Lateiki) eruption creates new island, Tonga

A new underwater eruption at Tongan Metis Shoal volcano, also known as Lateiki, the source of a massive amount of pumice detected in August 2019, resulted in the creation of a new island by the end of October. This volcano is known for the creation of new islands....

November 11, 2019

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Unusually strong M5.4 earthquake hits France, injuring 4 peeople

A shallow earthquake registered by the BCSF as M5.4 hit near Montelimar, France at 10:52 UTC (11:52 LT) on November 11, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 12 km (7.4 miles). USGS registered it as M4.8, EMSC as M4.9. The epicenter was located 5.1 km (3.2 miles)...

November 11, 2019

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Strong explosion at Popocatepetl volcano, continuous VA emission, Mexico

Continuous emission of volcanic ash began at Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano at 15:00 UTC on November 9, 2019. At 15:46 UTC, ash was rising up to 7.3 km (24 000 feet) above sea level. According to data provided by the Washington VAAC, the ash cloud is moving NW at...

November 09, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 VS4 flew past Earth at 0.36 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 VS4 flew past Earth at 0.36 LD / 0.00093 AU (139 126 km / 86 448 miles) on November 6, 2019. It was first observed at ISON-Byurakan Observatory on the same day. This object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and has...

November 09, 2019

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Lava effusion detected at Cleveland volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Orange, Alaska

Satellite data from the past day suggest that slow effusion of lava may have begun in the summit crater. Thus, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) is increasing the Aviation Color Code to ORANGE and the Volcano Alert Level to WATCH on November 8, 2019. Highly...

November 08, 2019

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Very deep M6.5 earthquake hits south of Fiji islands

A very deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit south of Fiji islands at 10:44 UTC on November 8, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 582.9 km (366 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 451 km (280 miles)...

November 08, 2019

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Shallow M5.9 earthquake hits Iran, at least 5 killed, 350 injured, 500 houses damaged

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS and Iran Seismological Center (ISC) as M5.9 hit Iran's East Azarbaijan province at 22:47 UTC on November 7, 2019. The ISC is reporting a depth of 8 km (5 miles). Aftershocks ranging from M4.1 to 4.8 were...

November 08, 2019

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: October 30 - November 5, 2019

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes from October 30 to November 5, 2019. Ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Kikai, Japan | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Metis Shoal, Tonga Islands |...

November 07, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 UD10 flew past Earth at 0.44 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 UD10 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.44 LD / 0.00112 AU (167 549 km / 104 110 miles) at 10:08 UTC on October 27, 2019. 2019 UD10 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey,...

November 06, 2019

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Shallow M6.3 earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit east of the South Sandwich Islands at 20:52 UTC on November 5, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The quake comes 3 days after M6.1 earthquake 106 km (66 miles) NNE of...

November 05, 2019

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Halong rapidly strengthens into a third super typhoon of the season

Tropical Cyclone "Halong" formed November 2, 2019 east of the Northern Mariana Islands as the 23rd named storm of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season. It reached Category 2 hurricane equivalent early November 4 and then explosively intensified into a Category...

November 05, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Tonga

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit Tonga at 22:43 UTC on November 4, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.4 km (8.3 miles). The quake hit 53 minutes after M6.1 (CSN; M6.0 USGS) near the coast of Coquimbo, Chile. It was followed...

November 04, 2019

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the CSN as M6.1 hit Coquimbo, Chile at 21:53 UTC (18:53 LD) on November 4, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 54.2 km (33.6 miles). USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 49.1 km (30.5 miles), EMSC M6.1 at a depth of...

November 04, 2019

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Storm Amelie hits France, Spain and Italy, leaving over 140 000 homes without electricity

Violent winds brought by Storm Amelie hit France's Atlantic coast over the weekend, producing large waves, causing traffic chaos, uprooting trees, and leaving some 140 000 households without electricity. Winds in excess of 160 km/h (100 mph) hit parts of the...

November 04, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 VR flew past Earth at 0.35 LD, just 35 minutes after 2019 VD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 VR flew past Earth at 0.35 LD / 0.00091 AU (136 134 km / 84 589 miles) at 10:30 UTC on November 4, 2019. The object flew past us just 35 minutes after 2019 VD at 0.45 LD. The object belongs to the Apollo group of...

November 04, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 VD to flyby Earth at 0.45 LD on November 4

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 VD will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.45 LD / 0.00116 AU (173 533 km / 107 828 miles) at 09:55 UTC on November 4, 2019. The object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at Pan-STARRS 2,...

November 03, 2019

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Very bright daylight fireball over Ontario, Canada

A very bright daylight fireball was seen streaking across the sky over Ontario, Canada at 22:28 UTC on October 29, 2019 (18:28 LT). The American Meteor Society (AMS) received just 3 reports by November 3. Paul Delaney from York University said the object had...

November 03, 2019

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Eruption at Shishaldin continues, lava flowing beyond the summit crater, Alaska

Low-level eruptive activity continues at Shishaldin Volcano. Two stalled lava flows extend beyond the summit crater up to 1.8 km (1.1 miles) down the northwest flank, and satellite data show trace ash deposits on the north flank and a lahar extending at least 4 km...

November 03, 2019