Japan Studies Flora And Fauna
Near Fukushima Plant
Fukushima Nuclear Plant
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January 30, 2012
This file photo shows a farmer pruning pear trees at a
plantation in Fukushima prefecture. Japanese scientists are
studying how radiation has affected plants and animals
living near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, according
to an official.
Japanese scientists are studying how radiation has affected
plants and animals living near the crippled Fukushima
nuclear plant, according to an official.
Researchers are examining field mice, red pine trees, a
certain type of shellfish and other wild flora and fauna in
and around the 20 kilometre (12 mile) no-go zone surrounding
the plant, an Environment Ministry official said on Monday.
"The researchers are studying the impact of high radiation
levels on wild animals and plants, examining the appearance,
reproductive function and possible abnormalities in
chromosomes," said the official.
They will also grow seeds from plant samples and monitor the
offspring of animals in the research.
The study began in November and an initial report on the
findings is expected in March, he said.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, some 220
kilometres north of Tokyo, suffered blasts and fires after
the March 11 quake and tsunami crippled its cooling systems,
releasing radiation into the environment.
Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from the area
near the plant, many abandoning pets and livestock which
have since gone feral.
Parts of the exclusion zone are expected to be reclassified
to allow people to move back to their homes over the next
few years, but other areas are expected to be uninhabitable
for several decades.