Hungarian Authorities Announce Flooding in Middle-Earth

Hungarian Authorities Announce Flooding in Middle-Earth

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If you've got relatives in Gondor or the Shire, you might want to call them and check they're OK.

The Hungarian authorities have recently conducted a test of the country's emergency broadcast system. That wouldn't ordinarily be newsworthy, but the Hungarian test is a little unusual: Rather than some use real places, or just a generic test message, the Hungarian disaster management agency decided to use locations from the Lord of the Rings books instead.

Messages on Hungarian state television and radio warned citizens of terrible storms hitting Gondor, Rivendell, and other places from Tolkien's Middle-Earth books, which were causing flooding and other dangerous conditions. The Hungarian authorities said that it used the fictional locations for the test for two reasons: Firstly, it didn't want to cause a panic among the citizens, and secondly, it wanted to ascertain how well the emergency message reached Hungary's youth.

Anyone who's seen Fellowship of the Rings already know that the areas around Rivendell sometimes suffer flash-floods, possibly brought on by deforestation and elvish magic. Reports suggest that a recent occurrence, which claimed the lives of a number of Nazgûl, may also have had something to do with spectral horses. It's unusual that Gondor is also seeing such inclement weather, and the people of Minas Tirith are advised to stay in their homes, where they should be safe unless sea level unexpectedly rises a few hundred feet.

Joking aside, using fictional, but familiar, locations as a way to gauge the effectiveness and reach of an emergency broadcast system is actually quite a interesting idea. It would also be interesting to find out how the authorities determined the effectiveness of the test, which would presumably involve monitoring social networks along with other, more traditional, information gathering methods.

Source: WTOP

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Next thing you know they will be broadcasting that the forests of Endor are catching fire.

The broadcast itself would probably catch millions of star wars fans by default lol.

Phew, you had me scared for a moment there, the first thing after reading the title was `OH SH!T, PETER JACKSON HAS FOUND ANOTHER WAY TO POSTPONE THE HOBBIT´ thank goodness that this wasn´t the case.

I live in New Zealand, should I be worried?

gellert1984:
I live in New Zealand, should I be worried?

If Queensland were a NZ state, then maybe.

Nazgul aren't really alive, you know, they exist in a terrible half-life between life and death.

I live in Hungary, with Hungarian natives, with Hungarian channels and not ONE person has mentioned this, at all, on any sites... so it mustn't have been too noticeable since no one in the family, at girlfriends workplace or anywhere have mentioned it.

Effective, but I prefer the:

OH GOD, WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!

this has been a test of the state emergency warning system, had this been a real test, the afore mentioned statement would of been followed by hysterical sobbing and cries for ones mother, this was only a test

way of testing the Emergency Broadcast System.

I can't bring myself to mock this. I'm not sure why.

Is it because it's too easy? Or because they were literally asking for it? Or that it's actually a pretty clever idea? Yes, yes, and yes.

rockavitch:
I live in Hungary, with Hungarian natives, with Hungarian channels and not ONE person has mentioned this, at all, on any sites... so it mustn't have been too noticeable since no one in the family, at girlfriends workplace or anywhere have mentioned it.

I assume you don't listen to "Kossuth Rádio" too much :D
you could've hear this emergency broadcast in the daily news there :)

I just got a report that Kamino got flooded, good thing I didn't head over there for that army of clones I ordered....

Roland Matusinka:

rockavitch:
I live in Hungary, with Hungarian natives, with Hungarian channels and not ONE person has mentioned this, at all, on any sites... so it mustn't have been too noticeable since no one in the family, at girlfriends workplace or anywhere have mentioned it.

I assume you don't listen to "Kossuth Rádio" too much :D
you could've hear this emergency broadcast in the daily news there :)

I don't speak Hungarian (not an easy life lol) but this is the kind of thing I assumed would be mentioned a bit by someone, I didn't expect to be the one to have to share with girlfriend who hadn't heard it from anyone else either, she has a habbit of sharing little Hungarian stuff I wouldn't know otherwise.

If it was UK I'd probably never hear the end of this, strange, these people will make a fuss about which square to name after Elvis but don't mourn the loses of our Middle Earthern friends, that's just not nice :(

 

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