After six years since the nuclear disaster caused by the Daiichi power plant in Fukushima, residents had a glimpse of hope to return to their deserted homes. The Japanese city remained an evacuated area where only specialists are mitigating the aftermath. However, these plans are in danger of being canceled by a group of radioactive boars. The wild animals appeared in some of the evacuated areas. They are entering homes, and plundering villages.
The northern Japan has witnessed how hundreds of wild boars descended on towns and ravaged everything in their path. However, the most concerning issue is that they seem to be infected by highly radioactive substances. The event took place six years after a tsunami caused the Daiichi nuclear plant to collapse and radiate miles and miles of villages. Thousands of people had to leave their homes and livestock behind.
Japan was on the point of lifting the bans on four towns located within 12 miles from the Daiichi energy plant at the end of this month. However, this initiative might receive a delay as authorities are trying to analyze the repercussions of the rise of radioactive boars. The meat of such a wild animal is a luxurious product for Japanese citizens. However, most of the caught animals presented large traces of cesium-137, which is a radioactive element. These materials are surpassing the safety standards by 300 times.
Moreover, officials fear for the safety of citizens if they go ahead with making the four towns available again. The wild animals have marked many empty homes as their own territory now. What is more is that the radioactive boars lost their shyness in the face of humans. This could mean that they will have no reservation to attack people in the middle of a city in broad daylight.
As many towns remained abandoned for six years, wild animals took control over them. Many journalists tried to document the aftermath of the major catastrophe. Thus, their photos reveal colonies of rats, stray dogs, foxes and other animals that have inhabited the evacuated urban and rural areas. As farmland turned into grassland, wild boars took it as the perfect habitat. Yomiuri, a Japanese newspaper, reported that the radioactive boars had cost the agriculture in Fukushima around $854,000 in damages.
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