fukushima_mutant_daisyFour years after the powerful earthquake and tsunami that disabled Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, photographs of “mutant daisies,” taken near the site, are stirring concerns over the long-term effect of radiation.

The images, posted in May by Twitter user @san_kaido of Nasushiobara City, located about 65 miles from the disaster site, show common daisies that appear to have been affected by radiation exposure, oddly fused together like Siamese twins, reports the Weather Channel.

“The right one grew up, split into 2 stems to have 2 flowers connected each other, having 4 stems of flower tied beltlike,” according to Fukushima Diary. “The left one has 4 stems grew up to be tied to each other and it had the ring-shaped flower. The atmospheric dose is 0.5 μSv/h at 1m above the ground.”

That radiation dosage is classified as safe for “medium to long-term” habitation, according to Japanese officials, who have permitted 7,000 evacuated residents to return to their homes near the reactors. read more…