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Radiation from Japan not likely to reach Wisconsin

MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin health officials say they don't expect radiation from Japan to reach the Badger state anytime soon if at all.

The Department of Health Services said Thursday that federal officials don't expect any U.S. states or territories to be affected by radiation from damaged Japanese nuclear reactors. Wisconsin officials say residents don't need to be taking any preventative measures for now.

Health officials say they're in close contact with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for updates. The Environmental Protection Agency will also be monitoring radiation levels in the western territories and states.

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.

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