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Tiny levels of radiation from Japan in Colorado

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – Colorado is among the states reporting minuscule levels of radiation fallout from an earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant in Japan.

State health director Dr. Chris Urbina says the levels aren’t a health risk for people. He says the radiation levels in Colorado are similar to those detected in other states.

Urbina says there’s no need for Coloradans to take potassium iodide, which helps prevent radiation-induced thyroid cancer. He notes that federal health officials say Americans typically receive daily doses of radiation from natural sources, such as rocks and the sun, that are 100,000 times higher than the fallout from Japan.

Colorado health officials are sending samples of the radiation detected in the state to the Environmental Protection Agency for analysis.

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