The topic of the Fukushima accident has once again gained popularity after a photo of a sunflower that suffered from radiation appeared on the Internet. At first, the green mutant was only actively discussed in Japanese social networks, but two months later the plant became a hit on Twitter, with the photo garnering about a thousand reposts.
This is not the first time that the effects of radiation contamination around Fukushima have been actively discussed online: the flower was preceded by a earless rabbit (2011) and pictures of fruits and vegetables (2013).
The tragedy at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant occurred in the spring of 2011 as a result of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. 300,000 people had to leave their homes, 15,800 were listed as dead, and 3,000 were missing. In December 2013, the nuclear power plant was officially shut down. Special services and volunteers are still working to eliminate the consequences of the accident. According to experts, it will take 40 years to bring the facility back to a stable condition.