When Teddy Stick reported that a World War Two bomb was found on the property of the Fukushima Diachi nuclear disaster site, many readers were utterly perplexed. How they asked, could TEPCO (which is General Electric) not ensure that there were no bombs on the site before even breaking ground to start constructing the ill-conceived power station (which proved to be a bomb when the tidal wave hit it)?
If that was thought to be a fluke, it appears not. In Germany, “70,000 people will be forced to leave their homes in Frankfurt Sunday so authorities can defuse unexploded ordnance from World War II,” according to German media and the Daily Caller.
The device is a Britsh manufactured bomb called a “wohnblockknacker,” or “blockbuster” in the English tongue. Also, as in Japan, this remnant was also found where work crews were working, this time at “the Wismarer Strasse in the Western District.”
The bomb is known to be able to destroy whole streets,” weighs around 1.8 metric tons, and is approximately two meters in length,” the Frankfurter Rundschau has confirmed.
The reason for the huge evacuation is that the bomb holds “about 1,400 kilograms of explosives “which could easily “devastate buildings roughly a mile away from the point of impact.”
This is creating an evacuation nightmare not seen by the Germans since the end of Hitler’s war. When a blockbuster was found last December, “50,000 people had to be evacuated on Christmas Day.” While that is certainly cumbersome, it is better than letting them face possible death from the explosion, which certain Texas leaders would likely do, judging by how they handled Hurricane Harvey.
This won’t be the last time that such a blockbuster evacuation is needed, either. The Caller reminds us that “the Allies dropped 2.7 million bombs on Europe” in the effort that defeated the NAZI’s. Half of those were dropped on Deutschland and of those, 10% are suspected to have not gone off, news outlet Deutsche Welle tells us.
The exact location of HC 4000, as the explosive is called, is not known, but only so many building jobs can possibly be taking place in the Wismarer Strasse near the Western District. That means that, in an age of terror, Sunday can’t come soon enough.
“Due to the large size of the bomb, extensive evacuation measures must be taken,” police have told reporters.
If these inconveniences can happen (that will be upgraded to a tragedy if it blows up) due to leftover war devices from a time before nuclear weapons (which came later in the conflict), can we even begin to imagine as a people what the remnants of a world war today would look like in 70 years?
Perhaps we should think about that.