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Japan: Unexploded WWII Bomb Forces Sendai Airport Closure

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | October 31st, 2012 | Trackback

Construction workers unearthed a 550-pound, unexploded World War II bomb near a runway at Sendai Airport Oct. 28, forcing closure of the facility and cancellation of all flights. A special military team was called in to safely remove the device, and airport operations were expected to resume quickly. Japan was heavily bombed during World War II and explosives from that era are still uncovered on a regular basis—more than 38 tons of them in the past year. Sendai Airport, which is a major transit hub for northern Japan, sustained extensive damage in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and is still undergoing repairs.





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