Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TEENAGE MUTANT FUKUSHIMA BUTTERFLIES


MELTDOWN MUTATES INSECTS AFTER RABBITS A YEAR AGO

Temecula, CA – The nuclear accident allegedly caused by H.A.A.R.P. (see Jesse Ventura/youtube) at Fukushima and covered here in the Calendar heavily last spring and summer didn’t gain much traction, my publisher said at the time. I told him it didn’t make any difference because sooner or later the world would catch up to the reporting of the story. The radiation hasn’t stopped being released simply because the US news has moved on to the next ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ Romney/Ryan story.

One of the most disturbing aspects of the Fukushima radiation story was the government’s lack of concern, real concern for their citizens who lived in close proximity to the crippled plant even after mutated bunnies were discovered by farmers (and reported here, see archives).

Recently it has come out that the government in Japan lied to the citizens about the deadly potential of Fukushima, and continues to allow people to live in harm’s way. Though the rumors of Tokyo being evac’d and a backup Tokyo planned at an extreme southern location remain ungrounded, the government did bailout TEPCO making the Japanese people pick up the bill for the devastation. The government and the same people at TEPCO remain in place despite the treasonous propaganda, and life moves on – not quite!

'Researchers in Japan have found signs of mutation in butterflies, signaling one of the first indications of change to the local ecosystem as a result of last year's nuclear accident in Fukushima, according to one of the first studies on the genetic effects of the incident.

Joji Otaki from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, who led the research, collected 144 commonly-found pale grass blue butterflies 2 months after the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

Initial results indicated that roughly 12 percent of the butterflies showed signs of abnormalities, such as disfigurement in their antennas, smaller-sized wings, change in color patterns and indented eyes, Otaki said.

Even more alarming, when he collected another 238 samples just 6 months later he found that those abnormalities had increased to 28 percent and the mutations had doubled to 52 percent in their offspring.

Pictured below is the before/after comparison of the butterfly species.


Otaki, who has been studying these butterflies for 10 years to analyze the effects of global warming, said that butterflies are the best environmental indicators because they are widely found in almost any environment.

"But since we've seen these effects on butterflies, it’s easy to imagine that it would also have affected other species as well. It’s pretty clear that something has gone wrong with the ecosystem,” he said.

However, at the same time, he also warns that because each species’ sensitivity to radiation varies, it was too early to immediately apply these finding to humans. But what is clear, said Otaki, is that the genetic changes found in these butterflies indicate a disruption in Fukushima's ecosystem and that more study is needed to learn the full scope of the effects of the radiation released into the environment.

"Effects of low level radiation is genetically transferred through generation, which suggests genetic damage. I think it’s clear that we see the effects passed on through generations," Otaki added.'

[Editor’s note: Who cares if the Liberty Quarry project is finally defeated if San Onofre is mutating our butterflies. I urge the Quarry fighters to contact and align efforts with our western community fighters and others affected in the 50 mile radiation zone, see zone map in previous story. Arata Yamamoto is story source, all emphasis – Ed]

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