Deformed Daisies Are Growing Near Fukushima

posted: 07/22/15
by: Danny Clemens

A resident of Japan's Nasushiobara City recently spotted frighteningly deformed daisies that some think may be linked to the 2011 meltdown of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant:

Fukushima Diary provided a translation of the tweet's text: "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 International Business Times reports that the abnormal growth of the daisy heads (known as "fasciation") is the result of a hormonal imbalance.

Despite the daisies' frightening deformities, Twitter user @san_kaido goes on to explain that the radiation measurements from the area are safe for medium- to long-term habitation.

Nasushiobara City is located approximately 70 miles from Fukushima. Radiation was detected as far as 60 miles away from the plant, which melted down in 2011 after being hit by a powerful tsunami. The resulting three-reactor meltdown forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate; it was the largest nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl incident.

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