Mutant Flowers From Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Go Viral Online
Recent years have brought reports of deformed fruit and mutant butterflies, but the latest is a remarkable photo of deformed daisies posted on Twitter by @san_kaido, who took the photo in Nasushiobara City, which lies about 70 miles from Fukushima.
“The right one grew up, split into 2 stems to have 2 flowers connected each other, having 4 stems of flower tied beltlike,” according to Fukushima Diary. “The left one has 4 stems grew up to be tied to each other and it had the ring-shaped flower. The atmospheric dose is 0.5 μSv/h at 1m above the ground.”
The last sentence from the tweet — about the radiation dose now being “0.5 μSv/h at 1m above the ground” — describes the radiation dose per hour that’s now present at the site where the photo above was taken. It’s classified as safe for “medium to long term habitation” according to this explanation of radiation levels.
“There are no shops. There are no doctors. I don’t know what to do,” one former resident told local Japanese media.
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