Japanese animal numbers appear to be recovering from last year’s massive earthquake and tsunami that led to the worst nuclear crisis in a generation, an official told reporters on Sunday.
“As of July 18, 2018, the Japan Research Institute on Species Recovery has received about 2,350 reports on the status of animals near Fukushima,” Yoshihiko Takebe, researcher of the institute, said in a press release. “We are not able to say whether the population is growing or shrinking.”
The official went on to say there were about 34,000 animals “near” the site of the nuclear plant, but failed to answer when the animals may be found and how many animals are currently in the area.
Takebe said more research is needed, and that he plans to improve his statistics using satellite surveillance.
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