WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy is giving anti-radiation pills to some of the U.S. military crew members who've been exposed to radiation during relief efforts in Japan.
As it brings in more aid for survivors of the earthquake and tsunami, the Navy says it's redirecting three ships to work in the Sea of Japan on the country's west coast, rather than risk the radiation and debris in the waters off the east coast.
Meanwhile, Americans on two military bases south of Tokyo are being advised to stay indoors as much as possible.
Yesterday, the Navy said 17 helicopter crew members had to be decontaminated after returning to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan from search and rescue work. Officials say more crews were exposed today to very low levels of radiation and had to be decontaminated.
The Reagan strike group — which includes seven other ships — flew 29 missions today to deliver 17 tons of food, water, blankets and other relief supplies ashore.
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More U.S. military crew members have been exposed to radiation in Japan. AP Correspondent Jon Belmont reports.
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The AP's Jon Belmont reports the U.S. Navy is making some changes in Japan after more Americans were exposed to very low levels of radiation while flying relief missions.