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Japan File March 2011. (Credit AP Photo)

Japan File March 2011. (Credit AP Photo)

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DETROIT (WWJ) - Officials in Michigan say analysis of an air sample has detected very low levels of radiation, that’s believed to be from that damaged nuclear power plant in Japan.

The concentrations were found in a routine sample taken Monday in Lansing. Brad Wurfel Communications Director for the Department of Environmental Quality  (DEQ) says Michigan residents have nothing to worry about.

“Consider nearly a hundred thousand times lower than what you need for a human health risk. This is less radioactivity than you would find in a banana,” says Wurfel.

Wurfel says the findings prove that their radiological testing equipment in Lansing can detect radiation levels even at scant amounts.

Officials stress that Michigan residents are in no danger after tests on an air sample have picked up very low levels of radiation. It’s believed to be from the damaged nuclear power plant in Japan.

The state, announcing that the “very low concentrations” of radioactive Iodine-131, were found in a routine sample taken Monday in Lansing.

Officials say the scant levels are thousands of times less than what would lead them to recommend any sort of protective action.

Click on here for more from the state of Michigan.

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