Total Eclipse Of The Sun Coming Soon: Canada Declares State Of Emergency.

Photo: Pixabay. Niagara Falls seen from the air.
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Ontario’s Niagara Region has declared a prememptive state of emergency for April 8 in advance so as to be ready  for as many as a million people showing up at the famous waterfall in the pitch dark to see the eclipse.

The Niagara region said in a statement on Thursday that Regional Chair Jim Bradley had declared a state of emergency “out of an abundance of caution.”
“Declaring a state of emergency … strengthens the tools the region has at its disposal to safeguard the health and safety of residents and visitors and protect our critical infrastructure in any scenario that might arise,” a Niagara region press release said.
In other words, declaring a state of emergency makes it possible for the regional government to mobilize a variety of measures that will help to keep people in the area safe.

 

The total solar eclipse on April 8 will be the first to touch the province since 1979, and Niagara Falls was declared by National Geographic to be one of the best places to see it.

The city is in the path of totality, where the moon will entirely block the sun’s rays for a few minutes. Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati said earlier in March that he expects the most visitors his city has ever seen in a single day.

The regional municipality of Niagara is proactively invoking a state of emergency to prepare for the event. The declaration announced Thursday sets in motion some additional planning tools to prepare for the day, which could involve major traffic jams, heavier demands on emergency services and cell phone network overloads, and arguments over parking spaces.

The eclipse will reach Mexico’s Pacific coast in the morning, cut diagonally across the United States from Texas to Maine, and exit in eastern Canada by late afternoon. Most of the rest of the continent will see a partial eclipse.

There are many unknowns, but researchers in Canada have been studying the effects of a total eclipse on wildlife. Apparently it is expected that most birds will sit out the eclipse on perches in trees or on the ground and that nocturnal insects will become more active.

But effects will not be severe as the eclipse will only last for a few minutes.

Sources: VOA, Reuters, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

 

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