Alert in Japan for “radioactive cat”: why are they looking for it urgently?

Alert in Japan for “radioactive cat”: why are they looking for it urgently?

In the japanese city, Fukuyama, There is concern after the Japanese corporation Nomura Platingwho works with toxic chemicals, released an image in which cat footprints are seen, a situation that has alerted the locals, since said animal fell into a harmful container and could spread contaminating content.

According to AFP, said cat fell into a tank containing toxic hexavalent chromium at a coating factory in Fukuyama, Hiroshima prefecture. After this, residents have been urged that if they see the cat in question, they should not approach it or touch it, as it could be dangerous.

In accordance with The New York Timessecurity images confirmed the security violation, so the authorities issued a public alert asking to be cautious about a cat with anomalies.

The company Nomura Plating The cat’s tracks were detected near the tank by a worker who came to work last Monday. Not to mention a security video where you can see the feline making its way outside.

He National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the US explains that hexavalent chromium is used for the coating of buildings, it could cause lung cancer in humans if inhaled.

Symptoms after being exposed to this chemical include:

  • Kidney and liver damage
  • Nasal and skin irritation and ulceration
  • Eye irritation and damage

It is explained that hexavalent chromium is ocher in color, the same color that can be perceived in cat footprints.

Finally, the New York media reported that Satoshi Taki, from the Environmental Conservation Division of the city of Fukuyama, explained that until today, Friday, March 15, no sighting of the cat has been reported, so he believes that it may not has survived exposure to hexavalent chromium.

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