Minimata catastrophe

Minimata catastrophe

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  • Minamata bay was not polluted but until 1932. It doesn’t matter though nothing bad happening
  • Mercury became more toxic as it was dumped into the river. Now this is getting real bad for us.
  • Help me please it’s soo painful!! That mercury was disgusting.
  • Methly mercury is too poisonous. Our population will decrease
  • In 1932 chissco co LTD began releasing toxic mercury waste into Minamata bay. Many people were not that worried at first and didn’t think it would have been fatal but little did they know a catastrophic disease awaited them
  • We can’t do anything to save you. The methane is too strong
  • Bacteria and viruses in Minamata bay changed the mercury waste into methyl mercury. The bacteria was in the bay because of what the humans put in it such as waste and dirty objects. Methyl mercury is even more deadly than mercury. This made lots of people worry about this. They were scared on what they ate.
  • Our business is ruined. We didn’t do anything wrong!
  • Sadly fish and sea life were badly infected and managed to get a large amount of methane in them. This meant that if someone were to kill a fish with methane and eat it they would catch a horrible disease. The dead fish was found washed up on the beaches. After the fish in 1950's, tests were done on crabs and cats. They were concentrated in high amounts of mercury. Later birds and cats began to die that fed on fish. This was a horrible disaster for japan and their government. What are they going to do?
  • We are finally free. That was long and tough
  • In 1953 people started began to complain of strange illnesses. The reason they were feeling sick and dizzy was because they ate fish which had the methane in it. People began to die and doctors had no cause to the disease or cure. Doctors at Chisso's Co LTD found that the disease was caused by the mercury waste of the factory. This was horrific for minimata.
  • Chisso co Ltd new that they were killing many sea life and potentially humans but they kept on being greedy and selfish. The government stopped the Chisso Co LTD and started a clean up of the Minamata bay in the 70's. Which prevented people eating poisonous fish. In 1983 another project started to dredge poisonous mud from the bay. How ever the chisso Co LTD was found guilty and had to pay 494 billion Japanese’s YEN
  • Finally in 1997, fish from the bay were officially declared safe to eat. In order to catch all the contaminated fish they had to put a 2 km net to catch all the fish. Sadly the victims will never get the justice they deserved and the lives of many people will never be remembered. This was a horrible disaster and was a huge mistake by japan. At least many fish can live in peace.
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