Unexploded Bomb Found near Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant

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August 20, 2017

As if the workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant didn't have enough to worry about, with continued problems stemming from the 2011 earthquake-tsunami combination that killed thousands, they have now discovered an unexploded bomb dating to World War II underneath a nearby parking lot.

The bomb, dropped by American forces during the war, is about half a mile from reactors Numbers 1 and 4, which were damaged in the 9.0-Richter-Scale quake and subsequent tsunami. Fukushima was an airbase during the war and was a regular target of a U.S. bombing campaign that culminated in the dropping of atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The recently discovered bomb, which its 33 inches long and 6 inches in diameter, is not thought to be a nuclear one, officials said.

Recovery continues at the damaged nuclear plant six years after the twin disasters. The latest initiatives have been to examine underwater area below the reactors, to determine the extent of nuclear waste still being emitted.

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