Niagara Falls declares a state of emergency.

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Ahead of the solar eclipse next week, Niagara Falls Ontario Canada has declared a state of emergency!

“The mayor of Niagara Falls, Ont., says a state of emergency declared in the region is a precautionary measure ahead of an expected large influx of people coming to observe the total solar eclipse.

More than a million people are expected to flock to the border city, home to the iconic waterfall, on April 8 to observe the moon entirely blocking the sun’s rays for a few minutes, Jim Diodati told CBC News on Friday.

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He said it would be the largest single-day spike in tourists in the city’s history.

The expected large crowds — which Diodati says will include scientists from the Canadian Space Agency and NASA — prompted the Niagara region to declare a state of emergency on Thursday.

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The measure, it says, “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.””

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