Canada’s Niagara region declares ‘state of emergency’ as a million total solar eclipse watchers predicted

Canada’s Niagara region declares ‘state of emergency’ as a million total solar eclipse watchers predicted
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The 2017 total solar eclipse at 100% totality.

  • Canada’s Niagara region has declared a ‘state of emergency’ ahead of the solar eclipse on April 8.
  • The Niagara Falls is expecting 1 million visitors on that single day.
  • Niagara sits on the eclipse’s path of totality making it the best place to observe the phenomenon.

Canada’s Niagara region has declared a state of emergency in preparation for some one million tourists who are expected to descend on the area to witness the upcoming total solar eclipse.

Niagara Falls, situated on the US-Canadian border, is along the path of totality for the eclipse. It will be one of the best places to witness the rare event on April 8.

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In a total solar eclipse, the moon seems to blot out the the sun entirely

In preparation for the influx of visitors, Jim Bradley, Niagara Region chairman, declared a state of emergency “out of an abundance of caution” to prepare for this “once-in-a-lifetime event”.

The declaration, which came into effect on Thursday, “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.”

Bradley continued: “The spotlight will be on Niagara as thousands of visitors join us to share in this once-in-a-lifetime event, and we will be ready to shine.”

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Jim Diodati, the mayor of the Ontario city of Niagara Falls, estimated that up to a million people will be there that day — usually, 14 million people visit the waterfall during the course of a year.

Niagara Falls from the Canadian side
Niagara Falls

T-Mobile is deploying additional cell sites to help handle the surge of visitors.

The region will be modifying some of its events and services and closing some facilities to keep traffic off the roads, per the region’s declaration.

usa map with band showing path of total solar eclipse from Texas to Maine
A map showing where the moon’s shadow will cross the US during the 2024 total solar eclipse.

Over 30 million people in the US will be able to see the total solar eclipse on April 8.

NASA have predicted the celestial event will be spectacular due to abundant solar activity.

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US residents who miss this year’s eclipse will have to wait another few decades for a similar event. The next total solar eclipses visible in the contiguous US will be in 2044 and 2045.

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