A report states that giant mutated hornets related to the Fukishima disaster in Japan have been found in Nebraska.
The claim is false.
The website which published this story is the satirical National Report. The official-sounding news article has been shared by readers unaware of the satirical nature of the site. The article includes such claims as:
It was reported that these pests have been contaminated by radioactive debris from the failed Fukushima power plant. This has caused them to nearly quadruple in size, and become hyper aggressive.
It is believed that the wasps found their new home in McPherson County, Nebraska via a shipment of Japanese snack crackers to a local Asian grocery outlet earlier this spring.
Until recently, National Report posted a disclaimer, clearly stating that the website produced satirical content. The disclaimer – which has since been removed – read:
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Hornets in China
The image included in the satirical National Report article shows the Asian giant hornet and was published around the same time as real reports that Asian giant hornets had killed over 40 and injured over 1500 in China since July. The rise in hornet stings in China is unrelated to Fukishima, and has been attributed to urbanization along with a drier, warmer climate this year.
There are no mutated hornets related to Fukishima. The story was published by a satirical website around the same time as real reports of increased hornet stings in China.
- Mutated Fukushima Giant Hornet Responsible For Multiple Nebraska Casualties (NationalReport.net: October 2013)
- China hornets kill 41 in north since July (BBC News: October 3, 2013)
- Four massive wasps (The Ranger’s Blog/Nature.net: May 16, 2012)
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