Visited Iidatemura Fukushima to research how radiation affect swallows. Atmospheric dose was 4~5μSv/h at average, the highest reading was 8μSv/h on the ground. Rice fields were abandoned, all the villagers evacuated, we found only a few swallows.
It is not only swallow, we couldn’t find other summer birds such as Narcissus Flycatcher or blue-and-white flycatcher either. It reminded me of “Silent Spring” by Rachel Louise Carson. Forest of no chirp.
See also: Bird Study: "Increases in frequency of selective deaths due to mutations" as consequence of Fukushima -- "Results suggest significant mortality costs of low-dose radiation" -- 0.05 microSv/h considered contaminated
Published: June 26th, 2012 at 7:02 pm ET
- Japan Paper: Malformations in 10% of cotton worms from Fukushima town -Entomologist (PHOTO) August 16, 2012
- Former Japan TV News Anchor: The mutations have begun in Fukushima; Birds found blind, unable to fly — Magazine: “Birds in tailspin 4 years after Fukushima… the proverbial canary in a coalmine” — Professor: Birds with mutations popping up all over in contaminated areas (VIDEO) May 12, 2015
- Japan TV broadcasts mutations in animals and plants after Fukushima — Scientist: “Very few insects, only 2 birds” (PHOTOS & VIDEO) December 4, 2012
- Major Japan Newspaper: Mutations in nearly every fir tree by Fukushima plant — Insects with missing legs or crooked — Abnormalities also found in monkeys, fish and frogs December 23, 2015
- Highest cesium levels ever measured from groundwater well at Fukushima — Broke record that had stood since last summer February 13, 2014