Fukushima's radioactive water leaks may be scarier, but in terms of outright deadliness to aquatic life, the Honolulu Harbor molasses leak may have it beat.
The brown plume of the sticky stuff was seen Monday and Tuesday after 1,400 tons (about 233,000 gallons) of the sugar processing byproduct leaked from a shipping container on Sunday. It spread from Sand Island into Ke'ehi Lagoon (pictured above) and quickly sank to the bottom of the industrial bay, where it started robbing the water of oxygen and smothering animal life.
Images of vast numbers of dead fish, eels crabs and other sea life have been posted, while work crews have been kept busy gathering and disposing of dead fish in order to minimize the impacts of the mass die off and not turn the place into a buffet for sharks.
Despite the apparent novelty of the disaster, however, it is not unprecedented. In July a similar spill into a reservoir in the Mexican state of Jalisco wiped out 500 metric tons of fish. There, the loss of fish caused immediate and continuing hardships to fishermen and local eateries that relied on the fish for their fare.