MADISON (WKOW) -- State health officials are reassuring people living in Wisconsin that harmful levels of radiation from Japan are unlikely to reach the state.
"We are closely monitoring the Japanese nuclear reactor accidents and receiving information from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the situation. At this time, we do not believe that protective measures including potassium iodide (KI) are necessary in Wisconsin," said Dr. Henry Anderson, State Health Officer. "The NRC does not expect any U.S. states or territories to experience harmful levels of radioactivity from the Japanese reactor accidents, so there is no need to seek out medications such as potassium iodide or the location of fallout shelters."
The Fukushima Dai-ichi plant suffered severe damage following the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit eastern Japan on Friday. Several reactors have been leaking radioactive materials after a series of explosions and fires.