Teo Blašković

Teo Blašković

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


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asteroid 2020 cq2

Asteroid 2020 CQ2 flew past Earth at 0.39 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 CQ2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.39 LD / 0.00099 AU (148 101 km / 92 026 miles) at 02:19 UTC on February 14, 2020. This is the 14th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year...

February 17, 2020

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Series of small explosions and tremor bursts at Semisopochnoi volcano, alerts raised

A series of small explosions and tremor bursts have been detected in seismic data at Semisopochnoi over the past 7 hours and are continuing, representing a significant uptick in activity, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reported at 09:19 UTC on February 15,...

February 15, 2020

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Tropical Cyclone "Francisco" makes landfall south of Toamasina, Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone "Francisco" re-formed in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, on February 13, 2020, after weakening below tropical cyclone status on February 6. Francisco made landfall at 18:00 UTC on February 14 over the southeast coast of the...

February 15, 2020

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Massive North Atlantic cyclone challenging all-time intensity records, Iceland issues red weather alerts

A powerful North Atlantic cyclone forced the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) to issue a red weather alert for southern Iceland, in effect through the first half on February 14, 2020. Violent and dangerous wind gusts may exceed 200 km/h (124 mph) in some areas. Residents...

February 14, 2020

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Strong M6.9 earthquake hits Kuril Islands at intermediate depth

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit Kuril Islands at 10:33 UTC on February 13, 2020, at a depth of 142.6 km (88.6 miles). The EMSC is reporting M6.9 at a depth of 150 km (93 miles). The epicenter was located 93 km (58 miles) ENE of Kuril'sk,...

February 13, 2020

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

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes from February 5 to 11, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kuchinoerabujima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan) | Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island (France) |...

February 13, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 CQ1 flew past Earth at 0.17 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 CQ1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.17 LD / 0.00043 AU (64 327 km / 39 970 miles) at 11:17 UTC on February 4, 2020. This is the 13th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year,...

February 12, 2020

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Decreased earthquake activity near Grindavik, magmatic intrusion just west of Mt. Thorbjorn, Iceland

Earthquake activity near Mt. Thorbjorn, Grindavik has decreased over the past 6 days, but small earthquakes are still being detected. Indications are that the crustal deformation pattern has changed, however, the uplift has slowed down. In total, the uplift is about...

February 11, 2020

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Tropical Cyclone "Uesi" strengthening near New Caledonia

Tropical Cyclone "Uesi" formed on February 9, 2020, about 340 km (210 miles) west of Sanma, Vanuatu as the 4th named storm of the 2019/20 South Pacific cyclone season. The cyclone is expected to continue strengthening as it moves close to New Caledonia...

February 10, 2020

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New eruption at Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion

A new eruption has started at Reunion's Piton de la Fournaise volcano at 06:40 UTC on February 10, 2020. The last eruption of this volcano took place in October 2019. First signs of awakening were detected at 06:27 UTC today with the start of the strong seismic...

February 10, 2020

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ESA's Solar Orbiter starts its 5-year mission to provide unprecedented close-up observations of the Sun

20 years after inception, 6 years of construction and more than a year of testing, ESA's new Sun-exploring spacecraft was successfully launched by the US Atlas V 411 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 04:04 UTC on...

February 10, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits New Britain region, P.N.G.

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea at 06:49 UTC (16:04 LT) on February 9, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 31 km (19 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 60 km (37 miles). The...

February 09, 2020

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First Supermoon of the year - live show on February 8

The Virtual Telescope Project will bring us live views of the first Supermoon of the year on February 8, 2020, as it rises above the unique skyline of Rome. The online, free session will start at 16:00 UTC. Supermoon is a popular term indicating a Full Moon or a New...

February 07, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the PHIVOLCS as M6.1 (preliminary) hit near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines at 13:40 UTC (21:40 LT) on February 6, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). The USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of...

February 06, 2020

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Tropical Cyclone "Damien" forms near Western Australia, severe impact expected on February 8

Tropical Cyclone "Damien" formed near Kimberley coast, Western Australia on Thursday, February 6, 2020. It is forecast to hit the Pilbara coast, WA as Category 3 cyclone on the Australian tropical cyclone scale on February 8. Very destructive wind gusts...

February 06, 2020

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: January 29 - February 4, 2020

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes from January 29 to February 4, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 17 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kuchinoerabujima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan) | Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica | Taal, Luzon...

February 05, 2020

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Avalanches in eastern Turkey claim at least 41 lives, many of them first responders working under blizzard conditions

At least 41 people (up from previously reported 38) have been killed in two avalanches that hit eastern Turkey on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 4 and 5, 2020. Many of them were first responders who were searching for the survivors of the first incident, in which a...

February 05, 2020

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Deep M6.2 earthquake hits Java, Indonesia

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit near the coast of Java, Indonesia at 18:12 UTC on February 5, 2020 (01:12 LT, February 6). The agency is reporting a depth of 592 km (367 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was...

February 05, 2020

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Earthquake swarm at Michoacan-Guanajuato volcanic field, Mexico

An earthquake swarm is in progress at the Michoacan-Guanajuato volcanic field, Mexico. At this time, it's unclear whether the quakes are volcanic or tectonic in origin. The zone contains over 1 400 vents and covers an area of approximately 200 x 250 km (125 x...

February 05, 2020

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White Island volcano remains in an elevated state of unrest, New Zealand

White Island volcano (Whakaari) remains in an elevated state of unrest, but no further extrusion of lava has occurred. GNS' assessment is that further explosive eruptions remain very unlikely on any given day. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2 and the...

February 04, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 CW flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.04 LD - 8th closest on record

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 CW flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.04 LD / 0.00011 AU (16 455 km / 10 225 mi) at 12:50 UTC on February 1, 2020. This is well within the orbit of our geostationary satellites ~ 35 800 km (22 300 miles). The...

February 03, 2020

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Lava overflows Stromboli's crater terrace, Italy

Lava is overflowing the northern portion of Stromboli's crater terrace, INGV Osservatorio Etneo reported at 10:13 UTC on February 3, 2020. Lava overflow, currently small and confined to the summit area, started at about 07:20 UTC today. "The lava flow front...

February 03, 2020

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Fireball over Mount Sannine, Lebanon

A large green fireball was recorded over Lebanon at 20:15 UTC (22:15 LT) on January 21, 2020. It was reportedly captured by Nizar Nurr near the peak of Mount Sannine. According to KameraOne, it's one of the brightest meteors ever captured over Lebanon. Featured...

February 02, 2020

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Asteroids 2020 BA15 and 2020 BZ13 flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance

Two newly-discovered asteroids designated 2020 BA15 and 2020 BZ13 flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance on January 28 and 29, respectively. Since the start of the year, our sky surveys have identified a total of 9 asteroids whose orbits took them within 1 lunar...

February 02, 2020

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Bright fireball over the Urals, Russia

A very bright meteor streaked through the night sky over the Urals, Russia at 22:13 UTC on January 29, 2020 (03:13 LT, January 30). Photographer Ilya Jankowsky captured it from the town of Irbit, Sverdlovsk Oblast. According to RT, the object was also seen from...

February 02, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 BT14 to flyby Earth at 0.49 LD on February 3

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 BT14 will flyby Earth at 08:19 UTC on February 3, 2020, at a distance of 0.49 LD / 0.00126 AU (188 493 km / 117 124 miles). This is the second known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance this month, making a...

February 02, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 CA to flyby Earth at 0.57 LD on February 2

A newly-discovered Aten-class asteroid designated 2020 CA will flyby Earth at 15:49 UTC on February 2, 2020, at a distance of 0.57 LD / 0.00147 AU (219 908 km / 136 645 miles). With 3 other new <1LD approaches since our last update, this is the 9th known asteroid...

February 02, 2020

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Earthquake swarm, uplift west of Mt. Thorbjorn volcano continues, Iceland

Earthquake swarm and uplift west of Mt. Thorbjorn, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland continues on February 1, 2020. However, it is most likely that this activity will stop without any volcanism, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) said. The last known eruption was during...

February 01, 2020

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Night Sky Guide for February 2020

February 1 - IC2395 well placed for observation. Across much of the world, the open star cluster IC2395 in Vela will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time. At a declination of -48°09', it is...

February 01, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 BA13 flew past Earth at 0.51 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 BA13 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.51 LD / 0.00132 AU (197 469 km / 122 701 miles) on January 27, 2020. This is the 5th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. 2020 BA13...

January 31, 2020

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

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes from January 22 to 28, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Fernandina, Ecuador | Kuchinoerabujima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan) | Reykjanes, Iceland | Taal,...

January 30, 2020

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Space debris entry recorded over Los Angeles, California

A piece of space junk, possibly parts of Delta II rocket launched back in 1989, entered Earth's atmosphere at around 06:23 UTC on January 30, 2020, and disintegrated over Los Angeles, California. The event lasted up to 20 seconds. It was recorded from Los...

January 30, 2020

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Strombolian activity at Etna's Voragine crater, Italy

Moderate effusive and strombolian activity continues from Etna's Voragine crater on January 29, 2020. From January 20 - 26, this activity was accompanied by ash emissions from the New Southeast Crater and Northeast Crater. In addition, moderate seismic...

January 29, 2020

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Strong M6.0 earthquake hits Solomon Islands

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Solomon Islands at 13:49 UTC on January 29 (00:49 LT on January 30), 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 86 km (53 miles). The EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 95 km (59 miles). This is the second M6+...

January 29, 2020

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Major M7.7 earthquake hits between Cuba and Jamaica, followed by M6.1 near Cayman Islands

A powerful earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.7 hit off the southern coast of Cuba at 19:10 UTC (14:10 LT) on January 28, 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 125.9...

January 28, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 BH6 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.18 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2020 BH6 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.18 LD / 0.00047 AU (70 310 km / 43 689 miles) on January 25, 2020. This is the 4th and the closest asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. The...

January 28, 2020

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Unusually rapid inflation detected beneath Mt. Thorbjorn, Aviation Color Code raised to Yellow, Iceland

According to the Icelandic Met Office (IMO), unusually rapid inflation has been detected at Mt. Thorbjorn on the Reykjanes Peninsula over the past few days, indicating a possible magma accumulation. In addition, an earthquake swarm has been ongoing during the same...

January 27, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits near the coast of Solomon Islands

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit near the coast of Solomon Islands at 05:02 UTC (16:02 LT) on January 27, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 17 km (10.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 47 km (29.2 miles). The...

January 27, 2020

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Andreanof Islands, Alaska

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Andreanof Islands, Alaska at 06:31 UTC on January 26, 2020 (18:31 LT, January 25). The agency is reporting a depth of 27 km (16.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 48 km (29.8 miles). The...

January 26, 2020

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At least 39 killed and 1 607 injured after M6.8 earthquake hits eastern Turkey

At least 35 people have been killed and 1 547 injured after a shallow M6.8 earthquake hit near the town of Sivrice in eastern Turkey's Elazig province at 17:55 UTC (20:55 local time) on Friday, January 24, 2020. According to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency...

January 25, 2020