Japan Newspaper: Sea creature disappears around Fukushima plant

Published: March 27th, 2013 at 8:34 am ET
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Title: Rock shells disappearing on coast near Fukushima nuclear plant
Source: Asahi AJW
Author: TOMOYUKI YAMAMOTO
Date: March 27, 2013

A type of mollusk has disappeared from an area that stretches 30 kilometers along Fukushima Prefecture and includes the site of the crippled nuclear power plant, researchers said.

[...] usually ubiquitous rock shells [...]

“It will be necessary to conduct culture experiments to study how radioactive materials affect the habitat of rock shells,” said Toshihiro Horiguchi, a head researcher at NIES [...]

[...] generally widely distributed along Japanese coasts as far north as southern Hokkaido. [...]

According to the study, rock shells could not be found in 16 locations, including eight straight sites over 30 km from Futaba town, just north of the stricken nuclear plant, to Hirono [...]

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See also: Study: Significant decrease in abundance of Fukushima birds and butterflies as radiation levels increase -NYT

Published: March 27th, 2013 at 8:34 am ET
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