Abercrombie says Hawaii safe for residents and visitors

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gov. Neil Abercrombie Thursday echoed comments made by President Barack Obama that no harmful levels of radiation are expected to reach Hawaii.

"I want to reassure residents and visitors that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the highest authority on radiation in the nation, has indicated Japan's nuclear emergency presents no danger to Hawaii," said Abercrombie.

"Our state and county monitoring systems have not detected any increase in radiation levels, and based on all available information, state and federal experts do not anticipate any risk of harmful radiation exposure to our islands.

"We are open for business. Hawaii continues to be the world's paradise.

"Residents do not need to take protective measures at this time. Our state Department of Health is working closely with state, county and federal agencies to monitor the situation on a minute-to-minute basis. Ongoing updates and informational sessions are taking place with federal authorities.

"In the meantime, we continue to send our aloha to the people of Japan. As one island people to another, we stand with them in solidarity and in sympathy for the challenges they are facing."

For more information, call 2-1-1 or visit http://www.hawaii.gov/health or http://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/.

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