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Last year on 11 March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan turned into a disaster after the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. It was considered as the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl incident in 1986. Looks like the radioactive materials released from this disaster is already affecting the nature as this weird type of mutated butterflies were spotted near the Fukushima area.
(Photo – AP/University of the Ryukyus/Chiyo Nohara)
These mutated butterflies seems to have abnormalities in their legs, antennae, abdomens, and also in eyes. They were recognized as a mutated version of the pale grass blue butterflies, which can be commonly seen in Japan.
(Photo credit: Laitche)
Authorities clarified that this disaster was fully contained and poses no threat to humans or the environment. But it appears like they are wrong. Let’s just hope this wont affect people’s lives in the area.
[Via: Scientists find mutant butterflies exposed to Fukushima fallout Yahoo News]
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