Canada declares state of emergency ahead of solar eclipse

Canada declares state of emergency ahead of solar eclipse
Canada declares state of emergency ahead of solar eclipse

From the Editori

From the Editor

01/04/2024 – 10:33

People in North America on April 8th will be able to watch a solar eclipse total. Anyone in Europe will see the phenomenon partially. The event happens when the Moon, Earth and Sun are completely aligned, thus blocking the sun’s rays. According to the National Observatory, the Niagara region in Canadawill be one of the best places to observe the astronomical effect.

The privileged position caused concern for the Niagara government, which declared a state of emergency before the solar eclipse. In a statement, the region’s administration said it expects to have thousands of visitors on the day of the phenomenon and this could cause real chaos in the area.

“To ensure Niagara is prepared to accommodate this once-in-a-lifetime event and out of an abundance of caution, Regional Chair Jim Bradley has proactively declared a State of Emergency for the Niagara Region under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA ), effective from today, March 28th”, completed the statement.

In preparation, local administrations, first responders, schools and organizations have planned exceptional measures to facilitate the experience for residents and visitors.

“The declaration of a State of Emergency under the EMCPA strengthens the tools the Region has at its disposal to protect the health and safety of residents and visitors and protect our critical infrastructure in any scenario that may arise,” he explained.

Additionally, the Niagara government made some recommendations. They are: using glasses to look directly at the eclipse, being prepared for crowds and queues and filling up the car and buying groceries before the astronomical effect.

Can you watch it from Brazil?

The eclipse will unfortunately be invisible in Brazil. But people will be able to follow the effect through NASA’s social networks. The total phenomenon will begin in the South Pacific Ocean and cross North America, passing through Mexico, the United States and Canada.

The eclipse is expected to leave North America, on the Atlantic coast of Newfoundland, Canada, at 5:46 pm (Brasília time). In Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland will see the eclipse partially during sunset.

This type of eclipse will occur in 20 years, being seen again in 2044.

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