The Straits Times
Published on Oct 30, 2012

WWII bomb found near Japan runway, halts flights


TOKYO (AFP) - A huge unexploded World War II bomb has been found buried near the runway of one of Japan's busiest regional airports, forcing all flights to be cancelled on Tuesday.

A worker rebuilding drainage systems near Sendai Airport - which was swamped by last year's tsunami - uncovered the 225 kilogramme bomb, believed to have been dropped by the United States during wartime, on Monday evening.

All 92 domestic and international flights scheduled for Tuesday were cancelled as bomb disposal experts from the Japanese military worked on making the device safe.Local reports said the bomb was 110 centimetres long and 35 centimetres in diameter.

If the bomb explodes, fragments could be scattered more than a kilometre, NHK said, adding that local officials were considering an evacuation.