Teo Blašković

Teo Blašković

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


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Ebola outbreak declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on July 17, 2019. The declaration...

July 18, 2019

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Wildfires force evacuation of hundreds of homes, Israel

Hundreds of homes were evacuated early Wednesday, July 17, 2019, as several wildfires broke out across Israel. The fires are reportedly a result of a heatwave affecting most of the country, with temperatures in some cities reaching 50 °C (122 °F). The first...

July 17, 2019

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Tropical Cyclone "Danas" (Falcon) affecting the Philippines, heading toward Taiwan, China and the Korean Peninsula

A strengthening tropical cyclone named Danas by the JMA and Falcon by the PAGASA is dumping moderate to heavy rains over parts of northern Philippines on July 16, 2019. The cyclone is expected to closely approach or make landfall over Babuyan, Philippines and then...

July 16, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 08:21 UTC on July 15, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 59 km (36 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 80 km (50 miles). The epicenter was located 24...

July 15, 2019

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Powerful M7.3 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.3 hit Halmahera, Indonesia at 09:10 UTC (16:10 WIB) on July 14, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Indonesian BMKG is reporting M7.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The...

July 14, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits near the coast of Western Australia

A strong earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M6.5 hit near the coast of Western Australia at 05:39 UTC on July 14, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 0 km. USGS is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 203 km...

July 14, 2019

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Intense eruptive activity continues at Stromboli volcano, Italy

Intense activity continues at Stromboli volcano with strong explosions in northern crater area, where at least 5 vents were active overnight July 13, and lava flows from the collapsed rims of the crater terrace. INGV is replacing equipment destroyed during July 3,...

July 13, 2019

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Hurricane "Barry" makes landfall near Intracostal City, Louisiana

20:53 UTC, July 13Category 1 Hurricane "Barry" made landfall near Intracostal City, Louisiana and weakened into a tropical storm, NHC said 18:00 UTC. This made it the 4th hurricane ever to make landfall on the Louisiana coast in July. Previous July...

July 13, 2019

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Over 30 lives lost as floods and landslides hit Nepal and northern India

More than 30 people have been killed and over 130 homes collapsed after heavy monsoon rains hit parts of northern Inda and Nepal over the past couple of days. 14 Uttar Pradesh districts were affected, with at least 15 casualties. Landslides and floods caused major...

July 13, 2019

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19.9 million people affected by floods, 34 000 homes collapsed and 1.7 million ha of crops damaged, China

According to data released by China's Ministry of Emergency Management, a total of 19.91 million people have been affected by floods since the beginning of flood season this summer. A total of 34 000 homes collapsed and over 1.76 million hectares (4.34 million...

July 13, 2019

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Deep M6.1 earthquake hits SW of Kyushu, East China Sea

A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit SW of Kyushu, Japan at 00:57 UTC on July 13, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 251 km (155.9 miles). JMA is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 250 km (155.3 miles). The epicenter was located 170 km (105 miles) NW...

July 13, 2019

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Increased seismicity, alerts raised for Shishaldin volcano, Alaska

The Alaska Volcano Observatory is raising the Aviation Color Code to YELLOW and the Alert Level to ADVISORY at Shishaldin Volcano, the observatory said 21:09 UTC on July 12, 2019. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2015 (VEI 1). This change is based on...

July 12, 2019

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Massive wildfire on Hawaii's Maui Island

A wildfire that broke out on Hawaii's Maui Island at 10:30 LT on July 11, 2019 spread to 4 040 ha (10 000 acres) by Friday morning. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate but were allowed to return after conditions improved. The fire grew out of control by...

July 12, 2019

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Tornado hits Quebec, injuring 1 and leaving 105 000 customers without power

A confirmed F1 tornado swept through the town of Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan, about 50 km (31 miles) north of Montreal, Quebec, Canada on July 11, 2019. The twister touched down at about 18:30 LT and was about 200 m (656 yards) in diameter. It caused significant...

July 12, 2019

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Shallow M4.6 earthquake hits Seattle, Washington - the strongest since 2001

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M4.6 hit Three Lakes, Seattle, Washington at 09:51 UTC (03:51 LT) on July 12, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 22.3 km (13.8 miles). ​This is the strongest earthquake to hit the region since M6.8 Nisqually on...

July 12, 2019

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Waves and storm surge produced by Barry to affect beaches in four Gulf Coast states

Although Tropical Storm "Barry" is expected to make landfall in Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday, July 13, 2019, USGS coastal change experts forecast that wind-driven waves are likely to damage beaches in Mississippi, Alabama and the western...

July 12, 2019

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: July 3 - 9, 2019

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes from July 3 to 9, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Manam, Papua New Guinea | Semisopochnoi, United States | Stromboli, Aeolian Islands (Italy) |...

July 11, 2019

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Exceptional multiple meteor event recorded over Brazil

An exceptional multiple meteor event took place over Brazil at 07:10 UTC on June 26, 2019, and was recorded by a BRAMON video station in Maranhão, Brazil. The preliminarily calculated radiant of this cluster does not seem to be associated with any known...

July 11, 2019

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Deep M6.0 earthquake hits Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea

A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 earthquake hit Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea at 17:08 UTC on July 11, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 497.1 km (308.9 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 505 km (313.7 miles). The epicenter...

July 11, 2019

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Tropical Storm "Barry" forms - long duration heavy rainfall along the central Gulf Coast and inland, U.S.

Tropical Storm "Barry" formed at 15:00 UTC on July 11, 2019, in the Gulf of Mexico, as the second named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. Barry is expected to reach hurricane status on Friday, July 12 and be near the central or southeastern...

July 11, 2019

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6 killed and more than 100 injured as very strong winds, tornadoes and violent hailstorms hit Greece

Very strong winds, tornadoes and violent hailstorms hit northern Greece late Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (local time). Such severe weather is extremely unusual in Greece for this time of year, meteorologist Klearxos Marousakis said. According to Charalambos Steriadis,...

July 11, 2019

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Flash Flood Emergency in New Orleans, Mississippi River projected to see one of its highest crests on record

A Flash Flood Emergency was declared for New Orleans, Louisiana early Wednesday morning, July 10, 2019, after up to 254 mm (10 inches) of rain hit the city within just several hours. The rain was produced by a tropical disturbance organizing in the Gulf of Mexico...

July 10, 2019

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Seismic activity continues at Coso Volcanic Field in Inyo County, California

The seismic activity that started early July 6, 2019 at the southern margin of Coso Volcanic Field in Inyo County, California continues at a rate of about 600 M1.0 or greater earthquakes per day. The activity was triggered by a magnitude M5.4 earthquake at 04:19...

July 10, 2019

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Tropical cyclone forming in Gulf of Mexico, storm surge and tropical storm watches issued, heavy rainfall expected

A tropical cyclone is expected to form by Thursday, July 11, 2019, over the northern Gulf of Mexico, the National Weather Service (NWS) warned at 15:00 UTC on July 10. Storm surge and tropical storm watches have been issued. Heavy rainfall is expected as the system...

July 10, 2019

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Strong tornado hits Milano Marittima, giant hail in Abruzzo, Italy

A strong tornado hit Milano Marittima, near Ravenna, northern Italy on July 10, 2019. According to ANSA, one woman was hurt and taken to Cesena's Bugalini Hospital in serious. She is not in a life-threatening condition. Trees were downed, including 200...

July 10, 2019

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Extremely severe hailstorm hits Abruzzo, injuring 18 people, Italy

Severe storms affecting parts of southeastern Europe over the past couple of days intensified on 9 and July 10, producing violent hailstorm over parts of Italy, including Abruzzo, Pescara. According to ANSA, hail the size of oranges hit Abruzzo on July 10, injuring...

July 10, 2019

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NOAA: 12-month precipitation record hits all-time high for the third month in a row, U.S.

Heavy rainfall during the month of June added to another record-breaking 12 months of precipitation for the contiguous U.S - the third consecutive time in 2019 (April, May and June) the past 12-month precipitation record has hit an all-time high. The June...

July 09, 2019

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Worst storm of the year hits Croatia, widespread damage reported

A potent Arctic front stuck at the Alps produced violent storms over much of Croatia late Sunday, July 7, 2019, causing widespread damage to homes, cars and agriculture. Damage reports are coming in from more than half of the country. At least 3 people were injured....

July 08, 2019

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Deadly M5.7 earthquake hits southern Iran, numerous aftershocks

A shallow earthquake registered by the Iran Seismological Center as M5.7 hit near Masjed Soleyman, Iran at 07:00 UTC (11:30 LT) on July 8, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 17 km (10.5 miles). The USGS is reporting M5.7 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the...

July 08, 2019

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Massive floods hit Tafalla, Spain

Extremely heavy rain hit Tafalla, a town and municipality in the province and autonomous community of Navarre, northern Spain on July 8, 2019, causing devastating floods. According to local media reports, the location received more than 100 mm (3.93 inches) in just...

July 08, 2019

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High chance of tropical depression formation in Gulf of Mexico, heavy rain expected

A trough of low pressure located over central Georgia is forecast to move southward toward the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, where a broad area of low pressure is expected to form on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, NHC forecaster Stewart noted at 18:00 UTC, July 8....

July 08, 2019

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Extremely heavy rainfall floods Washington, D.C., nearly a month's worth of rain in 1 hour

Extremely heavy rainfall hit Washinton, D.C. metro area, on July 8, 2019, turning roads into rivers and forcing authorities to issue Flash Flood Emergencies. In just one hour, some areas just west of capital saw over 76.2 mm (3 inches) of rain, especially along the...

July 08, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 NN3 to flyby Earth at 0.83 lunar distances on July 10 - the largest since the start of the year

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 NN3 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.83 LD / 0.00214 AU (320 139 km / 198 925 miles) on July 10, 2019. This is the largest known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. It comes just...

July 08, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 MB4 to flyby Earth at 0.82 lunar distances on July 9

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 MB4 will flyby Earth at 0.82 LD / 0.00211 AU (315 651 km / 196 136 miles) at 07:20 UTC on July 9, 2019. This object is about the same size as Chelyabinsk asteroid of February 15, 2013. A larger asteroid, designated 2019...

July 08, 2019

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Strong tornado hits the city of Iasi, damaging homes and injuring 3 people, Romania

A powerful tornado hit the city of Iași, Romania late July 6, 2019, injuring 3 people and damaging several homes. Iasi is about 380 km (236 miles) NE of capital Bucharest. The event lasted just a few minutes, according to the Inspectorate for Emergencies. The...

July 07, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hits Molucca Sea, Indonesia

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit the Molucca Sea, Indonesia at 15:08 UTC on July 7, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 36.3 km (22.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.9 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). The epicenter was located...

July 07, 2019

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M7.1 Ridgecrest Earthquake - USGS Aftershock Forecast

The USGS has issued its Aftershock Forecast following M7.1 Ridgecrest, CA earthquake at 03:19 UTC on July 6, 2019. An updated version issued 02:55 UTC, July 7 is posted below and marked Update. Over the next 1 week, there is is a 3 % chance of one or more...

July 06, 2019

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Powerful M7.1 earthquake hits Southern California

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.1 hit Southern California at 03:19 UTC on July 6, 2019 (20:19 local time, July 5). The agency is reporting a depth of 17 km (10.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). This...

July 06, 2019

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Anchorage breaks all-time high temperature record, Alaska

Temperatures in Anchorage, Alaska rose up to 32 °C (90 °F) on July 4, 2019, breaking the previous all-time record temperature for the city of 29.4 °C (85 °F) set in 1969. The city also broke its daily July 4 record of 25 °C (77 °F) set in...

July 05, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 NK1 flew past Earth at 0.69 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 NK1 flew past Earth at 0.69 LD / 0.00177 AU (264 788 km / 164 531 miles) on July 2, 2019. This is the first known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since June 8. A similarly sized asteroid was discovered on...

July 05, 2019