Total solar eclipse casts spotlight on rural Oregon town
Just before sunrise, there is usually nothing above the round but the whistling wind and panoramic views of Oregon’s second highest peak in bright light pink light.
But on August 21, local authorities expect to see just outside the small town of Madras that is filled with people from all over the world, hoping for a first glimpse into the shadow of the moon as it transits the snowfields of Mount Jefferson.
Then a solar eclipse will pull the entire region in complete darkness for two minutes.
The first total solar eclipse from coast to coast to cross the continental United States in 99 years will be seen for the first time in Oregon, Madras and should be one of the best observation sites in the country due to its clear skies and desert, Its flat landscape and magnificent views of the mountains.
Up to 1 million eclipse hunters will get in Oregon for the celestial event, and officials live up to nearly 100,000 of them in and around Madras.
In this vast ranches and farms, two-lane rural roads, traffic jams could mean cosmic proportions.
All hotels in Madras are booked, some residents rent their homes for $ 3,000 a night, and campers must flood the national forests and prairies during the high season of fires.
On February 26, 1979, eclipse enthusiasts gathered at Hill Observatory in Goldendale, Washington., To see a solar eclipse. The first place to experience total darkness when the moon passes between the sun and the earth will be in Oregon and Madras, … more
The emergency coordination center will prepare the first responders to prepare to respond to problems such as an earthquake or other natural disaster. Cell towers can be submerged, traffic will be blocked, and police and firefighters will tend to handle crowds.
“You must be prepared to survive on your own for 24 to 48 to 72 hours, as you would in any emergency,” said Dave Thompson, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation. “It’s almost a unique opportunity, and well worth the trip. But you have to be prepared or not to enjoy.”
When the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, the entire trajectory – which means total darkness – the shadow of the moon will begin on the Oregon coast, then cross the north-central part of ‘west state is .
But as the hype is amplified, authorities are worried to grow as people are considering to watch from the notoriously foggy eastbound coast until the last minute if they anticipate the sisters.
And oregonians living off the trail of wholeness might decide to carry one of the major observational points in the heat of the moment, creating chaos on the roads, said Cory Grogan, Oregon spokesman’s Office of Emergency Management.
Eclipse Total of Sol counts the rural locality of Oregon
On February 26, 1979, eclipse enthusiasts, photographers and television crews gather to see the solar eclipse in Goldendale, Washington. The first place to experience total darkness when the moon passes between the sun and the earth will be in Oregon … more
In addition, many tourists buy in conditions of heat, dryers or even sleeping in their cars. The first to respond have planned months for the worst scenario: evacuating tens of thousands of people trying to put firefighters on congested roads.
Cell towers can also be paralyzed by the volume of messages, calls and the publication of images, which makes communication difficult for firefighters.