World War II bomb found in Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Japan

A bomb that probably dates from World War II was discovered Thursday in Japan at the site of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, said Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) operator of the plant.

The device “was detected at 0730 local time (Wednesday 22H30 GMT) by an employee of a subcontractor to build a car park,” a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power.

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.

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 undergoing works to dismantle its six reactors; four of which were severely damaged by the hydrogen explosions after the violent quake followed by a tsunami six years ago.