Teo Blašković

Teo Blašković

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


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Shallow earthquake swarm under Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has recorded over 130 earthquakes beneath the NE top of the Ka‘ōiki fault system, northwest of Kīlauea's summit, on October 22 and 23, 2020. Other Kīlauea monitoring data streams remain stable and show no signs of...

October 24, 2020

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Ash emissions at Etna volcano disrupt flights at Catania International Airport, Italy

Increased explosive activity accompanied by significant ash emissions started at Etna's New Southeast Crater (NSEC) shortly before 06:00 UTC on Friday, October 23, 2020. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red at 05:53 UTC and lowered back to Orange at 08:36...

October 23, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 UF3 flew past Earth at 0.11 LD, 14th of the month within 1LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 UF3 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.11 LD / 0.00029 AU (43 383 km / 26 957 miles) at 22:17 UTC on October 22, 2020. This is the 14th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance this month and the...

October 23, 2020

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Deep M6.1 earthquake hits south of the Fiji islands

A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit south of the Fiji islands at 07:04 UTC on October 23, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 463 km (287 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 692 km (429 miles) SW of...

October 23, 2020

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits West Chile Rise

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit West Chile Rise at 01:46 UTC on October 23, 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 1 548 km (960 miles) SE of Hanga...

October 23, 2020

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: October 14 - 20, 2020

New activity/unrest was reported for 2 volcanoes from October 14 to 20, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia). Ongoing...

October 22, 2020

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Epsilon rapidly intensified into a major hurricane on its way to Bermuda

Epsilon rapidly strengthened into a major hurricane on its way to Bermuda and is now slowly weakening. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bermuda where tropical storm conditions are expected intermittently through this evening (AST). According to the NHC,...

October 22, 2020

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Strong eruption at Bezymianny volcano, ash up to 9.5 km (31 000 feet) a.s.l., Russia

A strong eruption started at the Russian Bezymianny volcano at 20:22 UTC on October 21, 2020, ejecting ash up to 9.5 km (31 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red at 21:51 UTC and lowered back to Orange at 03:19 UTC on October 21 after...

October 22, 2020

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M5.6 earthquake hits Reykjanes peninsula, the largest since 2003, Iceland

A shallow M5.6 earthquake hit about 5 km (3.1 miles) W of the geothermal area in Seltun on Iceland's Reykjanes peninsula at 13:43 UTC on October 20, 2020. This is the largest earthquake measured in the peninsula since 2003. According to the Icelandic Met Office...

October 21, 2020

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Weeks of flooding leave 155 people dead in Nigeria

At least 155 people have been killed and 25 000 displaced after heavy rains and floods started affecting Nigeria in September. Torrential rainfall, river, and flash floods since September have cumulatively impacted 192 594 people across 22 Nigerian states, IFRC...

October 20, 2020

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Powerful Storm Barbara hits Portugal and Spain

An impressive deep cyclone named Storm Barbara by the Spanish meteorological agency is moving into Europe on October 20, 2020, bringing powerful winds and very heavy rainfall. The first to feel its effects are Portugal and Spain where Red and Orange alerts are in...

October 20, 2020

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Strong and shallow M7.5 earthquake hits south of Alaska, tsunami warning issued

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.5 hit south of Alaska at 20:54 UTC (12:54 LT) on October 19, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 40 km (25 miles). The epicenter was located 91.7 km (56.9 miles) SE of Sand Point (population 1 064) and 929.9 km...

October 19, 2020

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Conditions at Nyiragongo volcano suggest another disaster is brewing, DR Congo

A scientific campaign set to assess the status of Nyiragongo's crater found that current conditions at the volcano suggest that peak hazard will arrive in 4 years, or earlier if an earthquake were to hit the volcano. Nyiragongo's current eruptive phase...

October 19, 2020

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Tropical Storm "Epsilon" forms, expected to be at or near hurricane strength near Bermuda

Tropical Storm "Epsilon" formed at 15:00 UTC on October 19, 2020, breaking the record for the earliest 26th named Atlantic storm. Epsilon formed 34 days before Tropical Storm "Delta" in 2005. Epsilon is the 3rd named storm in the Atlantic since...

October 19, 2020

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10 newly-discovered asteroids within 1 lunar distance in 10 days

10 newly-discovered asteroids with a close approach within 1 lunar distance (<1LD asteroid) were discovered from October 12 to 18, 2020, marking a significant increase in detection and flybys of asteroids within 1 lunar distance in such a short period of time. 9...

October 18, 2020

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Severe floods claim 47 lives, damage more than 900 000 ha of crops in Maharashtra, India

Heavy rains affecting parts of India over the past 7 days claimed at least 47 lives in Maharashtra and 50 in Telangana. In Maharashtra alone, more than 900 000 hectares (2.2 million acres) of crops have been damaged across state. 28 of the 47 people in Maharashtra...

October 17, 2020

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: October 7 - 13, 2020

New activity/unrest was reported for 1 volcano from October 7 to 13, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia). Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Dukono,...

October 16, 2020

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Death toll jumps to 77 as unseasonal, record rains hit parts of India

Heavy rains affecting parts of India, including Telangana, Maharashtra, and Karnataka this week claimed the lives of at least 77 people by October 16, 2020. Meteorologists described the rains as rare and unseasonal. At least 50 people have died in Telangana, many of...

October 16, 2020

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Cameron Peak Fire grows to largest in Colorado's history

The Cameron Peak Fire started on August 13, 2020, on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake in Colorado. By October 14, it surpassed both the 2002 Hayman and 2020 Pine Gulch fires to become the largest wildfire in history...

October 15, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 TE5 flew past Earth at 0.15 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 TE5 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.15 LD / 0.00038 AU (56 847 km / 35 323 miles) at 18:18 UTC on October 9, 2020. This is the 75th known <1LD asteroid of the year. Asteroid 2020 TE5 was first observed at ATLAS-HKO,...

October 15, 2020

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Tropical Storm "Nangka" makes landfall in Vietnam just three days after Linfa

Tropical Storm "Nangka" made landfall in northern Vietnam at around 06:00 UTC on October 14, 2020. Nangka is the 16th named storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season. The storm hit land just 3 days after Tropical Storm "Linfa" -- further...

October 14, 2020

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At least 13 killed as worst rains in more than 100 years flood Hyderabad, India

A deep depression that crossed Andhra Pradesh coast near Kakinada on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, brought unprecedented rainfall over Hyderabad, capital of the Indian state of Telangana, from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, claiming the lives of at least 13...

October 14, 2020

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Air still leaking from ISS after failed attempt to seal the crack

Pressure continues to decline at the International Space Station after a failed attempt to fix the air leak using adhesive tape. The leak is located the working compartment of Zvezda Service Module and was described by Roscosmos as 'more than standard.' The...

October 13, 2020

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Two fireballs over the southern Spain

Two bright meteors were recorded over southern Spain on October 11, 2020. The first of them was spotted at about 19:37 UTC. It was generated by a meteoroid from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at around 58 000 km/h. The event began at an altitude of about 84 km...

October 12, 2020

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Statistics: Sharp increase in natural disasters over the past 20 years

A new United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) report confirms how extreme weather events have come to dominate the disaster landscape at the beginning of 21st century. Floods and storms were the most prevalent disaster events, followed by...

October 12, 2020

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Category 2 Hurricane "Delta" makes landfall in Louisiana, U.S.

Hurricane "Delta" made landfall near Creole, Louisiana at 23:00 UTC on October 9, 2020, with maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h (100 mph), making it a Category 2 hurricane. The storm had a minimum central pressure of 970 hPa at the time of landfall and...

October 10, 2020

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Increased activity at Pacaya volcano, Guatemala

​A period of increased volcanic activity started at Guatemala's Pacaya volcano on Thursday, October 8, 2020, with intense Strombolian activity ejecting volcanic material up to 300 m (984 feet), ash emissions and at least 4 lava flows. Pacaya is a highly active...

October 09, 2020

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: September 30 - October 6, 2020

New activity/unrest was reported for 1 volcano from September 30 to October 6, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia). Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) |...

October 08, 2020

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Hurricane "Delta" heads toward Louisiana, U.S. after leaving at least 9 people dead in Mexico

Delta made landfall at 10:45 UTC on October 7, 2020, along the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, near Puerto Morelos, as a high-end Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h (110 mph). The storm is now heading toward Louisiana, U.S.,...

October 08, 2020

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Strong M6.3 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Papua New Guinea at 07:35 UTC on October 8, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 103.5 km (64 miles). EMSC is reporting it as M6.3 at a depth of 112 km (69 miles). The epicenter was located 38.7 km (24.0...

October 08, 2020

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Strong strombolian activity and significant ash emissions at Etna, Italy

Explosive activity at Etna volcano, Italy increased on October 7, 2020, with the first eruption at 06:35 UTC accompanied by significant ash emissions to 4.6 km (15 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red at 07:00 UTC, downgraded to...

October 07, 2020

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Frequent explosions at Fuego volcano, lahar warning issued, Guatemala

Frequent explosions continue at Fuego volcano, Guatemala accompanied by ash emissions up to 4.8 km (15 600 feet) a.s.l., ashfall in nearby communities and lahars. In 24 hours to 14:20 LT on October 6, the Fuego volcano observatory reported white fumarole with a...

October 07, 2020

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Death toll caused by Storm Alex rises to 15, 21 still missing in France and Italy

The number of fatalities caused by heavy rain and strong winds produced by Storm Alex from October 2 to 4, 2020, has risen to 15 on October 7, with 21 people still missing. The storm caused very strong winds and dropped exceptionally heavy rains, with some regions...

October 07, 2020

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Deadly landslide hits San Marcos La Laguna, Solola, Guatemala

A destructive landslide caused by heavy rains struck the municipality of San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala's Solola region, on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, destroying 8 homes and leaving at least 4 people dead, civil protection authorities confirmed Wednesday. CONRED...

October 07, 2020

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Deep M6.0 earthquake hits Fiji region

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Fiji at 10:11 UTC on October 6, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 628 km (390 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 625 km (388 miles). The epicenter was located 232 km (144 miles) E of...

October 06, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 TA flew past Earth at 0.5 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 TA flew past Earth at a distance of 0.57 LD / 0.00147 AU (219 908 km / 136 645 miles) at 11:06 UTC on October 1, 2020. This is the 72nd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year....

October 06, 2020

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Delta strengthens into a hurricane, forecast to make landfall along the central Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm "Delta" strengthened into a hurricane at 00:00 UTC on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, becoming the 9th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season. Only 3 other Atlantic seasons in the satellite era, since 1966, have produced 9 or more hurricanes by...

October 06, 2020

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Tropical Storm "Delta" forms near Jamaica, expected to move near or over the Cayman Islands early Tuesday

Tropical Storm "Delta" formed south of Jamaica at 12:00 UTC on October 5, 2020, as the 25th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The current NHC forecast track takes Delta away from Jamaica today, near or over the Cayman Islands early...

October 05, 2020

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Tropical Storm "Gamma" claims 6 lives, stalls near the coast of Yucatan

Tropical Storm "Gamma" made landfall near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico over the weekend with near-hurricane force winds and very heavy rain, claiming the lives of at least 6 people and forcing thousands to evacuate. Gamma made landfall near Tulum at...

October 05, 2020

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Storm Alex hits Europe with extremely heavy rain and destructive winds

Storm Alex made landfall in France on October 2, 2020, with powerful winds and extremely heavy rains. It caused severe floods in France and Italy, with some of them described as the worst in living memory. At least 2 people have died and 34 remain missing in both...

October 04, 2020