Mutant Flowers From Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

I’ve read a number of post-nuclear-war novels in my day, and I did always wonder if radiation would create the mutations imagined by the authors of those books.

In case anyone is wondering about the possibility of genetic mutations after a nuclear war, I submit to you these photos of flowers growing near the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor in Japan, which leaked radiation after the 2011 tsunami.

While the flowers are beautiful in their own odd way, its much creepier to see the effects of radiation on fruits, vegetables and butterflies.

After the 1986 Chernobyl I don’t remember seeing anything about the effects of radiation on the¬†wild animals there, although there are a few creepy videos. This one looks like a headless moose:

In this video, biologist Timothy Mousseau has been studying the flora and fauna around Chernobyl and he is finding the radiation is still causing mutations and declines in animal populations. A few animals, however, are returning in greater numbers than expected.