Why is the information coming out of Japan so different that what US officials are saying?
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(Reuters) - The United States would like more information from Japan on its nuclear crisis and does not expect harmful radiation from stricken Japanese reactors to reach U.S. territory, officials said on Thursday.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman Gregory Jaczko said the United States was working to provide ideas and possibly equipment to help Japan cool its overheating Daiichi nuclear power plant about 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.
President Barack Obama, who is leaving for a trip to South America on Friday, stopped by the Japanese embassy in Washington to sign a condolence book and said his administration felt "great urgency" to help Japan.
The president is expected to make a fuller statement at 3:30 p.m. EST about the crisis.
The White House said Obama was confident that Japan was aware of the severity of the crisis it faced.