Nuclear Sites Unaffected by Canadian Earthquakes

Earthquakes in northeast Canada rattled buildings in several cities Friday but had no effect on nearby nuclear facilities.

The National Research Universal Reactor at Chalk River. Source: AECLA 5.2 magnitude quake was the largest of the tremors near Ottawa and struck at about 9:45 a.m. Its epicenter was about 50 miles from the Chalk River Laboratories, the birthplace of Canada's Candu heavy water reactor. In a release, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission said the quake had no effect on that site, its National Research Universal Reactor, or any other nuclear facility in the country. A release from Chalk River confirmed that a site walkdown showed no damage at the labs.

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., the quake could be felt as far away as Toronto and Cleveland.

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