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US to offer potassium iodide to US govt workers in Japan

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US State Department said Monday it is making potassium iodide (KI) available to US government workers and their dependents located in the vicinity of a troubled Japanese nuclear plant. “The US government is making available potassium iodide as a precautionary measure for United States government personnel…

Worried Hawaiians rush for iodine supplements

HONOLULU – Hawaiians are rushing to get iodide pills to protect against radioactivity from a quake-crippled Japanese nuclear power plant, according to store owners on the Pacific island US state. While officials on Hawaii — 4,000 miles (6,500 kilometers) east of Japan — warned that taking potassium iodide could have…