'Unexploded WWII bomb' found at Fukushima disaster site

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

The 85-centimetre (2.9 foot) long object, believed to be an unexploded bomb dropped by the United States during the war, was discovered by workers constructing a parking lot close to the facility's reactors, a spokesman for Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said.

Police were called to investigate when the 2.9 foot-long object was discovered by workers building a auto park, a spokesman for Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said.

According to Japanese news agency Jiji Press, the suspected device is 85cm (33in) in length and about 15cm (6in) wide. The area has been cordoned off but, according to TEPCO, the discovery would not impact ongoing decommissioning operations at the plant. The area was designated as a difficult-to-return zone in the aftermath of the disaster at the power plant.

The incident at the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) site was the world's most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

The area surrounding the Fukushima plant was evacuated during the crisis, and tens of thousands of people remain displaced.

A worker spotted the suspected World War II bomb while digging the ground at a parking lot less than a mile north of the plant that was destroyed in 2011 by an quake and tsunami.

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