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A warning about an incident at a nuclear power plant in southern Canada was mistakenly sent to the mobile phones of millions of citizens today, officials said.
The warning stated that authorities were responding to an incident at the Pickering nuclear power plant, one of the largest in the world, according to the BBC.
Almost two hours later, a new message was sent to citizens' mobile phones – that the original, with a warning, was a mistake.
For now, it is unknown what led to the error.
The first message, sent around 7.30am local time, alerted the incident to people within 10 kilometers of the nuclear plant, about 50 kilometers from Toronto.
“An incident has been reported at the Pickering Nuclear Power Plant. There are NO abnormal radioactivity emissions from the station and the emergency services responding. People near Pickering Nuclear Power Station do NOT need to take precautionary measures at this time,” the alert said.
The power plant's Ontario power company later said the message was “sent in error” and that “there was no danger to humans or the environment.”
Another alert, sent at 9.11, said “there was no active nuclear situation,” the BBC said.
Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan called for a “thorough investigation”.
“Like many of you, I was very upset when I received the warning this morning. Although I'm glad there was no emergency, I'm upset that such a mistake happened,” Ryan said on Twitter.
The Pickering Nuclear Power Plant is located on the shore of Lake Ontario. It started operating in 1971.