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North American West Coast not at risk, so far.

Officials in protective gear stand next to people from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant, in Koriyama, on Sunday. (Photo Credit to Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

Canadians on the West Coast are becoming more concerned about potential radioactive contamination after authorities in Japan raced to combat the threat of multiple reactor meltdowns in the quake- and tsunami-damaged northeastern coast of the country.

More than 170,000 people have been ordered out of the region, where officials fear one reactor at a power plant in Fukushima prefecture, 270 kilometres north of Tokyo, has already experienced a partial meltdown.

But an American government body just south of British Columbia has issued a statement suggesting that those on the West Coast of North America have little to fear.

The Washington State Board of Health in Olympia said on Saturday that the “nuclear event” in Japan poses…READ MORE HERE