The Australian: The devastating physical & genetic effects of Japan’s nuclear disaster are revealed — All mutant butterflies were caught far outside Fukushima evacuation zone

Published: August 14th, 2012 at 2:59 am ET


Title: Mutant butterflies haunt Fukushima
Source: The Australian
Author: Richard Lloyd Parry
Date:  August 14, 2012

THEY have bizarre dents in their eyes, their legs are shrunken and they are marked by strange spots. Many of them are infertile and when they do conceive the offspring are even more mutated than the parents.


In the first study of its kind, Japanese scientists have revealed the devastating physical and genetic effects of last year’s meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on a butterfly called the Pale Grass Blue.


Two months after the nuclear meltdown on March 11 last year the scientists collected Pale Grass Blues from 10 locations between 45km and 70km from the Fukushima plant […] collected in areas where many people are still living.


Abnormalities included wings that were broken, wrinkled, undersized and irregularly spotted or coloured, and deformed legs, antennae, eyes and abdomens. “The population is deteriorating physiologically and genetically,” said the report


Joji Otaki, associate professor of biology at the University of the Ryukyus, said that scientists “just don’t know” what the genetic effect would be on humans. “I think that older people will be all right. But children and infants, that’s more serious.”

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Published: August 14th, 2012 at 2:59 am ET


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4 comments to The Australian: The devastating physical & genetic effects of Japan’s nuclear disaster are revealed — All mutant butterflies were caught far outside Fukushima evacuation zone

  • Max1 Max1

    I fear that someday generations to come, a "healthy child" will be born on average, like a butterfly with a smaller appendage than the other. And if the children of Chernobyl are any indication and what we know about accumulative effects on bio-organisms, i.e. humans, prolonged exposure ensures similar effects.

    TEPCODE: It's only life altering if you fear change.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      I'm sure glad you explained TEPCODE to me, or else I might have called the men in the white coats. lol..

  • CBuck CBuck

    And this is just one species they have been paying attention to.
    Everyone responsible for this, since they think it's no big deal, should be sentenced to death by spending their last few days/hours at the fukushima plant.
    I'm so disgusted. I get more and more angry with each article I read. And to top it off, when I share this information with friends/family/acquaintances, I'm looked at like a conspiracy theorist or as being paranoid.

  • Its nice to see anything Fukushima in mainstream media. The Australian is the biggest-selling national newspaper in the country, according to Wikipedia. But still, while not discounting the importance or implications of mutated butterflies, why is it a large national newspaper can dig deep for an article on radiated fuku-butterflies while ignoring the triple melt down ongoing radiation volcano being run by a corrupt broke company with a track record of under reporting or outright lying about safety issues even before the "accident" and with full co-operation from an equally corrupt government that calls a triple melt down we can't find the corium nightmare "cold shut-down". And lets support the farmers by feeding irradiated food to our school children. No lets not report on all that but please do report on the condition of the butterflies. Who makes these decisions and why?