World War II bomb found in Japanese Fukushima plant

The bomb, about 85 centimeters long and 15 centimeters in diameter, was on the ground a kilometer from the buildings of reactors 2 and 3 of the plant.

A bomb that probably dates from World War II was discovered Thursday in Japan in the grounds of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, hit by the 2011 tsunami, said Tokyo Electric Power operator of the plant.

The artifact “was detected by an employee of a subcontracted company to build a parking lot,” a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) told AFP.

The bomb, about 85 centimeters long and 15 centimeters in diameter, was on the ground at a distance of one kilometer from the buildings of reactors 2 and 3 of the plant, he said.

“We told Futaba police services that they are now in charge of following the case,” the spokesman said.

The Self-Defense Forces, named after the Japanese Armed Forces, must take over operations to remove the bomb after checking its explosion risks.

The region where the Fukushima Daiichi power station is located, between the coastal towns of Futaba and Okuma (northeast), hosted in wartime an air base of the Japanese army and was bombed by the United States, according to Tepco’s information.

These two cities were completely evacuated in the days following the nuclear catastrophe triggered by the March 2011 tsunami and are now still deserted and uninhabited.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is currently under construction to dismantle its six reactors, four of which were severely damaged by hydrogen explosions following the violent quake followed by a tsunami six years ago.

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