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Melting Ice On Danube Wrecks Hundreds Of Boats, Sinks Landmark Nightclub
2012-02-21 05:43:01

Warming temperatures sent icebergs up to three feet thick crashing into hundreds of boats on the River Danube near Belgrade, whisking away several barges and sinking one of Belgrade's trademark floating restaurants, Alexander, according to witness accounts on Monday. The ice floes, which had closed large parts of the 1,800-mile-long waterway as the region fell under a record-setting two-week cold spell, began shifting Sunday afternoon due to rising temperatures. There were no reports of...

2009-07-13 09:05:34

About 150,000 fans listened to some 500 performers during four days of the 10th Exit music festival that ended early Monday in Novi Sad, Serbia. Britain's Prodigy was the last to perform on the Exit's main stage in the 17th century Petrovaradin Fortress overlooking the Danube River, 45 miles north of Belgrade, Vojvodina's RTV reported. Among the performers were Madness, Kraftwerk, Lily Allen and DJ Moby. The Exit music festival began in 2000, a symbol for young enthusiasts seeking an exit...

2006-04-26 22:48:12

By Bogdan Cristel SPANTOV, Romania (Reuters) - Thousands of Romanians have fled low-lying areas of the Danube basin in the last 24 hours as the river overwhelmed flood defenses to swamp towns, villages and farmland, officials said on Wednesday. Europe's second-longest river -- swollen by rain and the spring run-off -- has swept across hundreds of thousands of hectares in central and southeastern Europe this month forcing people on the Danube's flood plains out of their homes. More...

2006-04-22 14:05:00

By Martin Dokoupil BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Soldiers and volunteers battled floodwaters and evacuated people in southeastern Europe on Saturday, but officials were optimistic the Danube and other rivers would retreat from record-high levels in coming days. Fed by rain and melting snow, swollen waterways swamped vast tracts of land in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary this week, driving over 10,000 people to higher ground. In Romania, the worst-hit country, authorities ordered the evacuation...

2006-04-21 11:28:02

By Radu Marinas BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania breached a major dike to divert floodwater threatening villages in the Danube delta, while Hungary evacuated thousands of people as swollen rivers spread more havoc across eastern Europe on Friday. Almost 8,000 people have fled their homes in the Balkans. Further north in Hungary, authorities evacuated 4,500 more from three towns near the confluence of the Tisza and Koros rivers. Authorities in Romania, the worst-hit country, tore a...

2006-04-17 11:29:58

By Martin Dokoupil BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The Danube river broke through flood defenses in southeastern Europe on Monday, driving thousands of people from their homes along its banks in Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria, officials said. Swollen by heavy rain and melting snow from central Europe, the river hit its highest level in 111 years at the weekend, swamping ports and thousands of hectares (acres) of farmland. Authorities evacuated 3,200 people and more than 6,000 animals from the...

2006-04-13 11:06:43

By Nikolay Doychinov LOM, Bulgaria (Reuters) - The Danube hit record high levels in the Balkans on Thursday, sending soldiers and disaster workers scrambling to evacuate people and stem flooding along its banks, officials said. Bulgaria's government declared a state of emergency along the Danube's southern bank, while in Serbia's capital, the mayor called for the evacuation of a suburb near the Sava river. "No evacuations have started yet, but we have told people if it is...

2006-04-12 10:57:46

BELGRADE (Reuters) - The Danube river rose to its highest levels in decades on Wednesday, driving people from their homes in northern Serbia and Romania and swamping Bulgaria's main river ports, officials said. In Serbia, the Danube and Sava rivers were still rising near the capital Belgrade, while the towns of Titel, Zabalj and Zrenjanin were threatened by the Tisa river, swollen from rain and melting snow from central Europe. Crews resorted to bringing sandbags by boat in pouring...

2006-04-12 07:40:00

BELGRADE -- Three towns in northern Serbia called for emegency measures to deal with floods on Wednesday, while levels in the Sava and Danube rivers in the capital Belgrade were close to record highs and still rising. The towns of Titel, Zabalj and Zrenjanin were threatened by floodwaters from the Tisa river, which flows from Hungary to join the Danube in Serbia's northern province of Vojvodina. Authorities were building new embankments and evacuating people from their homes. "We are really...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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