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10:11AM BST 14 Aug 2012
Around 12 per cent of pale grass blue butterflies that were exposed to nuclear fallout as larvae immediately after the tsunami-sparked disaster had abnormalities, including smaller wings and damaged eyes, researchers said.
The insects were mated in a laboratory well outside the fallout zone and 18 per cent of their offspring displayed similar problems, said Joji Otaki, associate professor at Ryukyu University in Okinawa, southwestern Japan.
That figure rose to 34 per cent in the third generation of butterflies, he said, even though one parent from each coupling was from an unaffected population.
The researchers also collected another 240 butterflies in Fukushima in September last year, six months after the disaster. Abnormalities were recorded in 52 per cent, which was "a dominantly high ratio", Otaki told AFP.
originally posted by: stinkelbaum
the chernobyl site, a much worse accident will be uninhabitable for around 20'000 years.
highest iodine detected at chernobyl 1'920'000 tbq, caesium 111'000 tbq, 300 svh rads
highest iodine detected at fukushima 700'000 tbq, caesium 70'000 tbq, 72.9 svh (radiation)
you do the math as to when fukushima's safe.