Suspected bomb found on premises of Fukushima power plant: TEPCO

Fukushima: Some workers who were constructing a vehicle parking facility near Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant stumbled on a suspected unexploded bomb dropped by the United States during the World War II.

There was no impact on ongoing decommissioning operations at the nuclear plant, which suffered meltdowns in March 2011 after a powerful natural disaster spawned a huge tsunami.

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.

As per a BBC report, the bomb was found by workers during the construction of a auto park at the site of the nuclear plant.

The nearly three foot long suspected bomb is believed to be an unexploded device dropped by the U.S. at the height of WW2.

The Fukushima Prefectural Police is investigating to confirm if the discovered device is a bomb. The area has been cordoned off but, according to TEPCO, the discovery would not impact ongoing decommissioning operations at the plant. The Fukushima meltdown was worst since Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986.

The site where the Fukushima No. 1 plant is located used to be an airfield for the Japanese military during WWII.

Vanessa Coleman

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