Fukushima disaster: ‘Mutant flowers’ found FOUR years after nuclear meltdown

A Twitter user 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. 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.

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.

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

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

Source: Mirror (Content has been edited for length).

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