Radioactive fallout from Fukushima nuclear meltdowns caused abnormalities in Japan’s butterflies
Radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture created abnormalities among the nation’s butterflies, according to a team of researchers.
“We conclude that artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima (No. 1) nuclear power plant caused physiological and genetic damage” to pale grass blue butterflies, a common species in Japan, a recent article in Scientific Reports, one of on-line journals of the Nature Publishing Group, said.
Radiation exposure harmed butterflies’ genes, and the damage could well be passed on to future generations, the article stated.