Science Blast: Still Time To Gain Superpowers from Fukushima

Despite the pulpy headline, matters at Fukushima are actually still quite serious. When it comes to this damaged nuclear plant, we are not out of danger yet–especially as what may be a WWII bomb has been discovered on the premises.

Suspected WWII-Era Bomb Discovered at Fukushima Power Plant

A TEPCO employee looks at a destroyed reactor at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty 

The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is still severely damaged from the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and massive tsunami that crippled it in March 2011. But now, the area is facing another threat: What is thought to be an undetonated World War II-era bomb was discovered on the grounds of the power plant, according to news sources.

Excavation workers discovered the more-than-70-year-old weapon under a parking lot that is undergoing maintenance, the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), announced Aug. 10, according to The Mainichi, a Japanese news outlet. The bomb was found about 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) away from the damaged No. 1 and No. 4 reactors, The Mainichi reported.

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