Unexploded ordnance found at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant

Frederick Owens
August 10, 2017

A suspected wartime bomb was discovered Thursday at a construction site near the abandoned Fukushima nuclear plant complex in Japan.

Officials said the rusty object was about 85 centimeters (33 inches) long and 15 centimeters (6 inches) wide.

Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Company) has released a statement saying that work was immediately suspended after the discovery was made, and bomb disposal experts immediately deployed.

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The 85cm 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.

The site where the Fukushima No. 1 plant is located used to be an airfield for the Japanese military during WWII. Police have cordoned off the surrounding area, but the situation has not caused any effects on the decommissioning of the plant.

The device would most likely be an American-made explosive, as local archives record the existence of a Japanese military airport near the site of the power plant, which would have been the target of US air raids during World War II. A suspected WW2 unexploded bomb was unearthed at the Fukushima nuclear power plant on August 10, 2017.

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