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Radiation from Japan reaches US

world Updated: Mar 30, 2011 09:18 IST
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Trace amounts of radiation from Japan have been detected in New York State, State health officials were quoted as saying in a media report on Tuesday.

"There are very small amounts of radioactive material from Japan in the air over the US," Xinhua quoted New York State Health Department spokeswoman Claudia Hutton saying on CBS 6.

"When it rains or snows, the material is washed to the ground and onto surface waters, such as lakes, rivers and reservoirs. Water quality is being monitored, and the drinking water throughout New York is safe," she added.

Hutton said the state does not expect the amounts to be near a level that would pose a public health concern and there is no need for New Yorkers to take potassium iodide.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced that slightly elevated levels of radiation have been detected in eight US states including Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Washington.