Images And Video Show Effects Of Fukushima's Nuclear Radiation On Plant And Animal Life

A member of Twitter posted a bizarre photo of a malformed patch of flowers, irradiated from the nuclear fallout of the Fukushima meltdown of 2011. It's not the first genetic mutation associated with the disaster, but perhaps the most stark.  There have been accounts of deformed fruits and mutant butterflies also.

Regarding the flowers, Twitter user @san_kaiod's translated message read "the right one grew up, split into 2 stems to have 2 flowers connected each other, having 4 stems of flower tied beltlike.  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 measurement of 0.5 μSv/h is how much radiation is being put our per hour and is considered safe by the Japanese government.

More than 7,000 residents of a town near the Fukushima plant have returned home, though it is unclear if it is worth it for them.  One former citizen remarked "there are no shops. There are no doctors. I don't know what to do.”

There was also a viral video of a bunny with no ears that is worth noting. 

"I have been raising rabbits for more than 10 years and this is the first time something like this has happened," Ms Sugimoto told the weekly magazine Flash.

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