Suspected Second World War-era bomb dug up near Fukushima nuke plant
TOKYO —A suspected wartime bomb was dug up on Aug. 10 at a construction site near the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant complex.
The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said that a worker spotted the suspected bomb early Thursday while digging the ground at a parking lot about one kilometre north of the reactors destroyed in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
TEPCO said that 200 metres around the site was closed off, far enough not to affect the delicate plant decommissioning work.
Officials said the rusty object was about 85 centimetres long and 15 centimetres wide. A military unit was headed to the site.
The area was home to a wartime airport that was targeted by U.S. fire bombings, TEPCO said.
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