Fukushima disaster: 'WW2 bomb' found at Japan nuclear site

An aerial view of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma Japan

As of this post, authorities were working to determine whether that device is indeed a World War II bomb.

OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture-A World War II-era bomb was found buried in a parking lot of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on August 10.

TEPCO immediately suspended construction work and roped off the area around 0.62 miles from the reactors, he added.

The Fukushima nuclear power plant, which suffered meltdowns in March 2011 after a powerful quake caused a huge tsunami, is going through a process of four-decade long decommissioning.

The incident at the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) site was the world's most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986. Soon after its discovery, bomb disposal experts were deployed and a temporary exclusion zone was put in place, reports claimed.

No-one died directly in the meltdown but three former Tepco executives are facing trial on charges of negligence because of deaths related to the area's evacuation.

The area around the site where the stricken Fukushima now sits was a key target for United States bombing operations as a Japanese military airport was once located there, AFP reports.

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