LOS ANGELES — Air quality officials say they have not detected increased radiation levels in Southern California from a crippled nuclear power plant in Japan.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District said Thursday there’s been no change in background levels of radiation.

The agency operates three stations around Southern California for the Environmental Protection Agency, which has deployed more radiation monitors in the western United States and Pacific territories after growing concerns by Americans.

Some computer models suggest the radioactive plume from the damaged Japanese plant could reach Southern California as early as Friday. Health officials have said there’s no danger to the West Coast or Pacific territories.

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