A picture of ‘mutant daisies’ found near Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are making the rounds on the Internet, raising concerns about the long-term effects of the now four-year-old disaster, and the safety of the areas surrounding the plants.
The picture of the daisies was uploaded on Twitter by user @san_kaido in May and was shared over 600 times. It shows four daisies, three of which appear to be severely deformed. They were found in Nasushioobara City, approximately 68 miles away from the nuclear plant site.
Along with the picture, the user tweeted a description of the daisies and the recorded radiation level in the area. Loosely translated, the tweet reads as follows:
“The right one grew up, split into 2 stems to have 2 flowers connected to each other, having 4 stems of the flower tied belt like. The left one has 4 stems grow 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.”
According to gardening experts, the flowers have been afflicted by a rare condition known as “fasciation” or “cresting,” which is typical in plant life exposed to high levels of radiation. The condition is believed to be triggered by hormonal imbalances resulting from a damaged growth environment.
The flowers are the latest in a long list of mutated life forms reported in the four years following the meltdown of three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi plant, caused by an earthquake and tsunami that struck the region in March 2011.
Full article: Mutant Daisies Near Fukushima Nuke Disaster Site Go Viral (PHOTO) (Sputnik News)