Teo Blašković

Teo Blašković

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: August 5 - 11, 2020

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes from August 5 to 11, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14. New activity/unrest: Manam, Papua New Guinea | Nishinoshima, Japan | Raung, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Sinabung, Indonesia |...

August 13, 2020

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Very rare M6.0 earthquake hits near the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at 17:13 UTC on August 12, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 15.5 km (9.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles). The...

August 12, 2020

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Fast-moving Typhoon "Jangmi" hits South Korea's flood-stricken region

Tropical Storm "Jangmi" formed late August 8, 2020, as the 5th named storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season. The system made landfall on the southern tip of Geoje Island and its remnants are now bringing heavy rain to the country's flood-stricken...

August 10, 2020

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Powerful eruption at Mount Sinabung, ash up to 10 km (32 000 feet) a.s.l., Indonesia

A high-level eruption took place at the Indonesian Sinabung volcano at around 03:16 UTC on August 10, 2020, ejecting ash up to 10 km (32 000 feet) above sea level and forcing authorities to evacuate nearby communities. The Aviation Color Code was briefly raised to...

August 10, 2020

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Shallow M5.1 earthquake hits Sparta, North Carolina - the strongest in the state since 1916

A very shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.1 hit Sparta, North Carolina, U.S at 12:07 UTC (08:07 LT) on August 9, 2020, causing widespread damage. The agency is reporting a depth of 3.7 km (2.3 miles). This is the strongest earthquake to hit North...

August 09, 2020

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Mount Sinabung erupts after more than a year of inactivity, Indonesia

Indonesian Sinabung volcano started erupting at 18:58 UTC on August 7, 2020, for the first time since June 2019. Authorities are urging residents and tourists to stay outside a 3 km (1.8 miles) radius from the crater. The Alert Level remains at III (Siaga/Alert)....

August 08, 2020

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Shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Prince Edward Islands region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Prince Edward Islands region at 23:36 UTC on August 6, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 1 597...

August 07, 2020

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: July 29 - August 4, 2020

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes from July 29 to August 4, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Langila, New Britain (Papua New Guinea) | Manam, Papua New Guinea | Nishinoshima, Japan |...

August 06, 2020

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Deep M6.4 earthquake hits near the coast of Ambrym, Vanuatu

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit near the coast of Ambrym, Vanuatu at 12:05 UTC (23:05 LT) on August 5, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 174 km (108 miles). The EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 181 km (112 miles). The...

August 05, 2020

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Typhoon "Hagupit" slams into China's Zhejiang

Typhoon "Hagupit" -- the fourth named storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season -- made landfall in China's Zhejiang Province at around 19:30 UTC on August 4, 2020. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h (80 mph) and gusts to 187 km/h (115...

August 03, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 PA flew past Earth at 0.15 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 PA flew past Earth at a distance of 0.15 LD / 0.00039 AU (58 343 km / 36 252 miles) on August 1, 2020. This is the 49th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. 2020 PA was first...

August 03, 2020

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Deep M6.4 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines

A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Mindanao, Philippines at 17:09 UTC on August 1, 2020 (01:09 LT, August 2). The agency is reporting a depth of 479 km (297 miles). PHIVOLCS registered it as M6.1 at a depth of 489 km (303 miles); EMSC as M6.4 at...

August 01, 2020

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Hurricane "Isaias" over the Bahamas, forecast to move dangerously close to East Coast, U.S.

Hurricane "Isaias" is moving over the Bahamas on August 1, 2020, and is expected to approach the southeast coast of Florida later today and Sunday, August 2. On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near or over Andros Island in the...

August 01, 2020

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Bahamas bracing for Hurricane "Isaias"

Tropical Storm "Isaias" -- the 9th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season -- has strengthened into a hurricane at 03:40 UTC on July 31, 2020. At the time, its center was located about 110 km (70 miles) ESE of Great Inagua Island, Bahamas, moving...

July 31, 2020

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Tropical Storm "Isaias" impacts the Caribbean on its way toward Florida, U.S.

Tropical Storm "Isaias" formed at 03:00 UTC on July 30, 2020, as the 9th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Isaias continued record early storm formations in the basin and is now the earliest 9th Atlantic named storm formation on record....

July 30, 2020

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: July 22 - 28, 2020

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes from July 22 to 28, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 9 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Nishinoshima, Japan | Turrialba, Costa Rica. Ongoing...

July 30, 2020

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Reed Timmer records roar of Hurricane "Hanna" eyewall

Category 1 Hurricane "Hanna" made landfall on Padre Island, Texas, at around 22:00 UTC on July 25, 2020, as the first rapidly-intensifying named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. As it made landfall, extreme meteorologist Reed Timmer was in Port...

July 29, 2020

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Slow-moving meteor over southern Spain

This stunning meteor overflew the south of Spain at about 00:31 UTC on July 29, 2020 (02:31 local time), and was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, which is being conducted by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN). The meteoroid hit the...

July 29, 2020

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Rare dark red noctilucent clouds appear over Sweden

Rare dark red noctilucent clouds appeared over Vallentuna, Sweden on July 25, 2020, and were recorded by P-M Heden. This type of NLCs is rare and not fully understood, Dr. Tony Phillips of the SpaceWeather.com reports. Research in the 1970s revealed that much of the...

July 28, 2020

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M6.1 aftershock hits near the coast of Alaska Peninsula, U.S.

A strong aftershock registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit near the coast of Alaska Peninsula, U.S. at 08:03 UTC on July 28, 2020, at a depth of 41.3 km (25.6 miles). This is yet another aftershock of powerful M7.8 earthquake that struck at 08:12 UTC on July 22. USGS...

July 28, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 OY4 to flyby Earth at 0.11 LD on July 28 - third closest of the year

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 OY4 will flyby Earth at 0.11 LD / 0.00028 AU (41 887 km / 26 027 miles) at 00:13 UTC on July 28, 2020. This is the 48th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. It is also the...

July 27, 2020

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Strong M6.3 earthquake hits South Sandwich Islands region

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit South Sandwich Islands region at 00:53 UTC on July 26, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles). The epicenter was located 187 km (116...

July 26, 2020

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Hurricane "Douglas" continues WNW toward Hawaii, pre-landfall emergency issued

Category 2 Hurricane "Douglas" continues moving WNW toward Hawaii and is expected to be near hurricane strength when it nears the islands Saturday night (LT) through Sunday, July 25 and 26, 2020. Key messages issued by NHC: Douglas continues to approach...

July 25, 2020

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Texas bracing for Hurricane "Hanna" - landfall expected this afternoon or early this evening

Tropical Storm "Hanna" remains in an atmospheric and oceanic environment conducive for strengthening, and is expected to reach hurricane status before it makes landfall this afternoon (LT) or early this evening, July 25, 2020, along the coast of southern...

July 25, 2020

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Large-scale volcano-tectonic reactivation event in the Reykjanes peninsula, satellites map surface deformation, Iceland

Intense earthquake swarm that started in Fagradalsfjall, Iceland's Reykjavik peninsula on July 18, 2020, is slowly decreasing over time, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reports. The current earthquake activity is interpreted to be part of a larger scale...

July 24, 2020

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Powerful Hurricane "Douglas" entering the Central Pacific, heading toward Hawaii

Category 4 Hurricane "Douglas" is entering the Central Pacific on its way toward Hawaii. There are still no coastal watches or warnings in effect, but interests in the Hawaiian Islands should monitor its progress as watches could be issued on Friday, July...

July 24, 2020

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Tropical Storm "Hanna" forms in the Gulf of Mexico, landfall expected in Texas on Saturday, July 25

Tropical Storm "Hanna" formed in the Gulf of Mexico at 03:00 UTC on July 24, 2020, as the earliest 8th named storm formation in the Atlantic on record. The previous record was held by Harvey which formed on August 3, 2005. At the same time, Tropical Storm...

July 24, 2020

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Douglas becomes a major hurricane on its way toward Hawaii

Tropical Storm "Douglas" became the first hurricane of the 2020 eastern Pacific hurricane season at 15:00 UTC on July 22, 2020, and then rapidly strengthened into a major hurricane by 09:00 UTC on July 23. The only years with later first eastern North...

July 23, 2020

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: July 15 - 21, 2020

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes from July 15 to 21, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Makushin, Fox Islands (USA) | Nishinoshima, Japan | Pacaya, Guatemala | Raung, Eastern Java...

July 23, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits western Xizang, China

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit western Xizang, China at 22:07 UTC on July 22, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 450 km (278 miles)...

July 22, 2020

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Tropical Storm "Gonzalo" forms as Atlantic's earliest 7th named storm on record

Tropical Storm "Gonzalo" formed in the Atlantic Ocean at 12:50 UTC on July 22, 2020, as the earliest 7th named storm in the basin on record. The previous record-holder for the earliest 7th named storm formation in the Atlantic is Gert on July 24, 2005. ...

July 22, 2020

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Douglas expected to become a hurricane soon, heading toward Hawaii, U.S.

Tropical Storm "Douglas" formed at 07:00 UTC on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, as the fourth named storm of the 2020 Pacific hurricane season. The storm is moving west and is expected to become a hurricane soon. It is expected to continue heading W and weaken...

July 22, 2020

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Major M7.8 earthquake hits near the coast of Alaska Peninsula, U.S. -- tsunami warning issued

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.8 hit near the coast of Alaska Peninsula, U.S. at 06:12 UTC on July 22, 2020 (19:12 LT, July 21). The agency is reporting a depth of 28 km (17.4 miles). EMSC registered it as M7.8 at a depth of 30 km...

July 22, 2020

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Deep M6.0 earthquake hits Fiji region

A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit the Fiji region at 20:56 UTC on July 21, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 602.1 km (374.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 621 km (385.8 miles). The epicenter was located 350.7 km (217.9 miles)...

July 21, 2020

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Major explosion at Stromboli volcano, Italy

A sudden, major explosion took place at Stromboli volcano, Italy at 03:00 UTC (05:00 LT) on July 19, 2020. The explosion was about 10 times stronger than the average explosion at the volcano. The products of the explosion were distributed over the entire crater...

July 19, 2020

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Tonga region

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Tonga region at 15:32 UTC on July 18, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 14.4 km (8.9 miles). EMSC is reporting it as M6.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 144.6 km (89.9 miles)...

July 18, 2020

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'Once-in-500-years' storm hits Northland, cutting off Far North from the rest of the country, New Zealand

Unusual interaction between two low-pressure zones caused intense storms over New Zealand's Northland on July 17, 2020. The worst affected was Whangarei, where emergency services responded to more than 220 calls. "This is just diabolical for our people....

July 18, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit off the coast of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India at 14:03 UTC (20:03 LT) on July 17, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting it as M5.7 at a depth of 12 km...

July 17, 2020

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Strong M7.0 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.0 hit Papua New Guinea at 02:50 UTC (12:50 LT) on July 17, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 79.8 km (49.6 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 114 km (70.7 miles) N...

July 17, 2020

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New phenomena discovered on the Sun

A new Sun-observing mission led by ESA and NASA -- Solar Orbiter -- has returned its first images of the Sun, revealing previously unknown omnipresent miniature solar flares, dubbed 'campfires.' The campfires shown in the image below were captured by the...

July 16, 2020