Washington: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said that no harmful radiation from the damaged nuclear plants in Japan is expected to reach the American shores.

A number of nuclear power plants in Japan went into emergency shutdown in the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami on Friday.

" Given the thousands of miles between the two countries, Hawaii, Alaska, the US Territories and the US West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity," the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

The NRC is coordinating with the US Department of Energy and other federal agencies in providing all the possible assistance, requested by the Japanese government. 

NRC has sent two boiling-water reactor experts to Japan as part of a US Agency for International Development team.

In a statement, NRC said during a nuclear event it has requirements to protect populations around reactors.

"United States citizens in Japan are encouraged to follow the protective measures recommended by the Japanese government. These measures appear to be consistent with steps the United States would take," NRC said.

Japan is battling hard to contain a looming nuclear crisis.



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