While it may come as no surprise to some but mutant daisies have been found growing near one of the worst nuclear disasters in history, Fukushima. In March of 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit near the area of Okuma, Japan, which triggered a tsunami that hit the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant causing a nuclear meltdown of three of the plant’s six nuclear reactors. The following day, substantial amounts of radioactive material began to be released, creating the largest nuclear incident since the Chernobyl disaster.
The area is still being affected by radiation. The mutilated plants, which had two connected flowers and several stems, were captured by a Japanese Twitter user who lives in the city of Nasushiobara, about 100 km from the nuclear plant.
Although, it’s been said that plants and flowers can produce longer looking heads as a result of a natural condition known as fasciation (or cresting), the hormonal imbalance in vascular plants is a rare condition causing plants to increase in weight and volume. The sprouting of abnormal flowers at the site of Fukushima, however, is not a shock with deformed fruit growing within the area as well.
Translated by The International Business Times, the tweeter’s post read: ‘The right one grew up, (and) split into 2 stems to have 2 flowers connected (to) each other, having 4 stems of flower tied belt-like.’
“The left one has 4 stems grew up to be tied to each other and it had the ring-shaped flower.”
Since the tragic disaster in 2011, the area of Fukushima has since been evacuated, however, critics reacted to the images on social media claiming them to be a scam when in fact the condition is real.