Second World War bomb found at Fukushima nuclear plant

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

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

A suspected World War II bomb was found on Thursday on the premises of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, an official said, with police called in to investigate.

It was found by workers building a auto park at the site where a four-decade-long decommissioning process is under way.

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

Previously home to a Japanese military base, Fukushima was in news in 2011 following a nuclear reactor meltdown incident, which forced mass evacuation of the area.

Japan's Jiji Press reported that under such circumstances police call in bomb disposal experts from Japan's military.

Fukushima Prefectural Police are now investigating if the device found at the power plant is a bomb, and if deemed explosive, the police will determine if disposal methods are necessary, according to The Mainichi Thursday.

The meltdowns at Fukushima in 2011 were the world's worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

AFP reports that a Japanese military airport was in the area close to the Fukushima plant during World War II, and was targeted by U.S. bombers.

The area surrounding the Fukushima plant was evacuated during the crisis, and tens of thousands of people remain displaced.

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