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Soon after our office stopped shaking in today’s second earthquake, I started to wonder again about Ontario’s nuclear plants.  OPG says we shouldn’t worry: “There have been no earthquakes greater than a Magnitude 4 within 50 km of the Pickering nuclear power station over the last 100 plus years.”  This morning’s earthquake is reported to have been a magnitude 3; the afternoon earthquake is now being reported as 5 or 5.5. What does this do to OPG’s  reassuring statistic? And what will our energy regulators do if it has changed?

Here’s another question worth checking: who has earthquake damage insurance coverage?  I don’t think it’s a standard component of home insurance in the Toronto area; I know I had to pay extra to get it. Will we ever need it? I hope not. But it would be so much worse to need it, and NOT have it….

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