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US Aircraft Carrier Ordered Away from Japanese Nuclear Power Plant After Low Levels of Radiation Detected On Board

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The San Diego-based aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan was sent to the waters off Japan as part of the U.S.'s humanitarian aid effort, however now the vessel has been ordered to re-position itself because of a safety threat to those on board. Following the first explosion at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, "low levels of radiation were detected in the air and flight deck," according to LA Now.

Although the amount of exposure was minimal, and the equivalent of "that which someone might be exposed to during a month by natural sources," the ship will relocate. 17 crew members who were bringing supplies to the shore were found with contamination, which the Navy says was "easily removed by washing with soap and water."

In addition to the Reagan moving, two other ships, both based in San Diego as well, were ordered to move farther away.