Fukushima disaster: 'Mutant flowers' found near ground zero four years after nuclear meltdown - RiseEarth

Fukushima disaster: 'Mutant flowers' found near ground zero four years after nuclear meltdown


by Kirstie McCrum
Mirror

A Twitter user has shared an image of a plant mutation which he claims was taken just over 60 miles from the centre of the incident

The Fukushima nuclear disaster shocked the world when it happened four years ago - and the impact is still ongoing.

Images of flowers taken near ground zero in Fukushima, Japan, have surfaced online, showing daisies which appear to be malformed.

A tsunami which hit the Fukushima Daichii nuclear plant caused the power station to have a meltdown on March 11, 2011.

Deformed: Mutant flowers have been spotted near the site of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster

Although there was enough warning to clear the region of residents, there are still areas which are termed 'red zones' and are not safe for people to enter.

Learning process: The side affects of the disaster are still being uncovered as the only previous comparable event at Chernobyl lost many of its files

Twitter user @san_kaido has shared an image of a plant mutation which he claims was taken just over 60 miles from the centre of the incident.

Accompanying the images, he said: "The right one grew up, split into two stems to have two flowers connected each other, having four stems of flower tied belt-like.

"The left one has four stems grew up to be tied to each other and it had the ring-shaped flower."


The photographer, who is based in Nasu District in Tochigi Prefecture, says that the atmospheric dose of radiation at one metre above the ground is 0.5 μSv/h, or microsieverts.

This level is considered safe for medium to long-term habitation, but it is above normal levels which would usually be around 0.2μSv/h.

Safety concerns: Greenpeace researchers collecting earth samples in an area where 100,000 people remain evacuated from

Today, 100,000 people remain evacuated from the area deemed to be unsafe for medium to long-term habitation.

The former prime minister of Japan Naoto Kan visited the UK recently to deliver stark warnings over Britain’s continued commitment to nuclear energy.

Kan was the prime minister in March 2011, when the tsunami hit and resulted in the meltdown of three of the plant’s six nuclear reactors.

Destruction destination: The Iwanuma-Matsushima area before, left, and after the devastating earthquake and tsunami

In July 2013, reports revealed that around 300 tonnes of radioactive water leaks daily into the Pacific Ocean.

The side affects of the disaster are still being uncovered as the only previous comparable event at Chernobyl in 1986 lost many of its files following the political changes in the Soviet Union.


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