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Monitoring Shows No Elevated Radiation



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Anchorage, Alaska - Daily readings from the radiation monitoring equipment in Anchorage today displayed no readings above normal background levels, according to Dr. Bernd Jilly, director of the state labs.

Additional monitors are being planned for Dutch Harbor and Nome. They should be providing readings within a week.

The Alaska departments of Military and Veteran Affairs and Health and Social Services received calls today regarding a New York Times article displaying what was described as one of many potential paths of radiation from Japan. Even though the story stressed that the depiction "at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences" it created concern among some Alaskans. The state reiterated that the graphic was only a possible scenario and was not an accurate depiction of current events.

President Obama stressed again today that there is no current indication that radiation from Japan will reach the United States in levels high enough to create any public health concern.

For more information we recommend the following websites:

Alaska NOAA: http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/

State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/

The state encourages everyone to develop a preparedness kit: www.ready.alaska.gov/prepare

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