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How can the Fukushima disaster help Japanese scientists discover a new way to produce petroleum products from biomaterial

Nuclear disasters have happened in the world more than once. There are two – Chernobyl and Fukushima. And let’s talk about the second one. More precisely, about the consequences of after what happened in 2011. Despite the timely measures taken and the absence of a dangerous level of radiation near Fukushima today, apparently, this story left its mark.

Residents of the small town of Date, located closest to Fukushima, are highly dependent on the river that flows near the nuclear power plant – Abukuma. Here they caught fish, washed things, and the water artery was the main source of drinking water. When the disaster occurred, access to the river was blocked. The military erected a fence along its bed, and people were forbidden to approach it.

Fukushima disaster.
Fukushima disaster. 

But, in 2019, all bans were lifted. The inhabitants of the nearest settlements again became closely connected with Abukuma. But the fish in the river turned out to be unfit for food. Fishermen, as before, caught large specimens for food, but upon opening it turned out that there were practically no internal organs inside, they were replaced by a black jelly-like substance.

It was studied in the leading institutes of the country. Studies have shown that black sludge is a petroleum product. But how is this possible? First, a biological species cannot live without internal organs. And secondly, the process of formation of an oil product is very long. Additional research has given scientists an even more complex puzzle.

It turned out that benthic bacteria and protozoa mutated into bloodthirsty predators that not only parasitized living creatures, but also literally processed biomass into an oil product in a matter of months, maximum years. Further study of the problem revealed that people are subject to a similar fate. Moreover, the number of microorganisms in the river grew inexorably.

Many of the microorganisms have undergone mutation.
Many of the microorganisms have undergone mutation. 

The only way out is to drain the reservoir. For this, special technologies were used, the water was pumped out of the river and passed through several filters, after which it was again allowed into the prepared cemented channel. 

The project was implemented in the first half of 2021. At the same time, many believe that the Japanese authorities have kept these microscopic mutants in an attempt to produce an unlimited amount of petroleum products in a short period of time. 

Thus, it can be assumed that with the right approach, mankind may find a cheap way to obtain an unlimited amount of fuel.


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