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A website dedicated to nuclear safety reported more than 30,000 orders placed online for potassium iodide, or KI, pills after a mistaken emergency alert about a nearby power plant occurred on the weekend.

After the emergency alert was sent from Pickering Nuclear Generating Station around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, the nuclear safety website “Prepare to be Safe,” which is jointly managed by the Region of Durham, the City of Toronto and Ontario Power Generation, was inundated with online orders for KI pills that protect the body from radioactive elements.

“Between January 12 and 13, there have been 32,388 orders placed for potassium iodide (KI) pills through the Prepare to be Safe website,” OPG Media Director Neal Kelly said in an email to “Typically there are between 100-200 orders per month.”

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