Fukushima Nuclear Site Has Mammoth Wildlife Boom After 2011 Tsunami

Wildlife is flourishing around the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, according to a March study published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives. The study, led by Andrew Sankovitch, a fellow of the Yale University School…

Fukushima Nuclear Site Has Mammoth Wildlife Boom After 2011 Tsunami

Wildlife is flourishing around the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, according to a March study published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

The study, led by Andrew Sankovitch, a fellow of the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, said wild boars are thriving in many areas around the Fukushima plant.

The report also noted a dramatic rise in rabbit and mouflon populations. The rabbit population in Fukushima increased by 350 percent between 2013 and 2017.

The most unusual findings in the report, however, were the sharp increases in deer and fawns in the same region.

The area around the Fukushima plant was plagued by fear after the nuclear plant, run by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), was damaged by the March 2011 tsunami.

Radiation from the Fukushima plant was so lethal that the National Health and Radiation Regulation Authority said it should be classified as the “worst-case scenario” for babies born to mothers who were exposed.

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