30 March 2006

Ghana: Cape Coast Experiences Solar Eclipse

Cape Coast — ALMOST 60 years after the last one, thousands of people in the Cape Coast Municipality experienced the eclipse of the sun, which occurred on Wednesday March 29, 2006 between 8:30 am to 9:15 am.

Birds also had their fair share of the natural phenomenon as they were forced to sleep when there was total darkness while on-lookers fell spell bound at the turn of event.

These birds were spotted perched on a tree in front of the ministries building.

Cocks also started crowing creating the impression that night had fallen.

Women, children and men wore their solar sunshades and stood in open places to watch what was about to happen.

Most shops were closed down while commercial drivers parked their cars, bringing almost all activities to a halt. Also, long distance vehicles could not ply as people refused travel out of fear.

Workers stayed in their various houses except a few of who reported to their offices and watched the unfolding natural occurrence. Similarly, fishermen did not engage in their usual fishing expedition creating artificial shortage of fish in the market.

Workers at the Cape Coast branch of Ghana Commercial Bank took full advantage of the situation and watched the unfolding event with amazement.

The dramatic once-in-a-lifetime experience left some people thinking the world was actually coming to an end.

There was shortage of solar sunshades a day before the historic event.

Some people The Chronicle interviewed the eclipse maintained that scientists in the world have proved their worth as their prediction had come true.

They also praised local scientists who continuously predicted the occurrence of the event and urged them to continue to tell the country what else to expect happen after this great experience.

The eclipse of the sun first occurred in Ghana on May 20, 1947.

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