Fukushima Diary reveals giant slug in Japan following discovery of giant mushroom in B.C.
In the face of widespread apathy around the world, the online Fukushima Diary has worked valiantly to raise awareness about the consequences of Japan's deadly meltdown of nuclear reactors following last year's earthquake and tsunami.
On July 11, there's a post about a giant, mutated slug, which was discovered in firewood containing about 10,000 becquerels of radiation per kilogram.
"Is it that big because of radiation? I don't know," wrote Iori Mochizuki, the Yokohama-based civil engineer who's behind Fukushima Diary.
After the earthquake, the Japanese government set the "safe limits" in vegetables at 2,000 becquerels of iodine-131 per kilogram and 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, according to a Bloomberg report.
Beneath Mochizuki's post, there's an intriguing comment by someone who spotted a recent Globe and Mail article about a massive mushroom discovered outside the town of Fernie, B.C.
The boulder-size mushroom, which grew after torrential rains, weighed 26 kilograms.
The commenter on Fukushima Diary had this to say: "Records for these mushrooms are usually in the 13 pound range. Thankfully, the guy didn't eat it. This mushroom is surely a mutant, but whether related to Fukushima Daichi (or radiation at all) is the unanswered (and unasked) question. I have no Geiger counter (nor can I afford one), and I have no true idea of the fall-out here on the coast in British Columbia."
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