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Suspected WWII Bomb Found Near Fukushima Reactor

FILE - A worker, wearing a protective suit and mask, takes notes in front of storage tanks for radioactive water at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture.

A suspected World War II bomb has been dug up at a construction site near the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant complex.

The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., says a worker spotted the suspected bomb early Thursday while digging at a parking lot about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) from the reactors destroyed in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. TEPCO says the site is far enough not to affect the delicate decommissioning work.

Officials say the rusty object is about 85 centimeters (33 inches) long and 15 centimeters (6 inches) wide. A military unit is headed to the site.

TEPCO says the area was home to a wartime airport that was targeted by U.S. fire bombings.