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Sendai Airport in Japan cancels flights after unexploded WWII bomb found near runway

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U.S. Marines helicopters queue on a runway cleared by Japanese Self-Defense Forces and US military at Sendai Airport, Miyagi prefecture on March 30, 2011. The nightmare of Japan's unfolding nuclear emergency is sending fear through the community that lives in the shadow of another coastal reactor. The U.S. airmen in a hulking C-130 Hercules cargo plane delivered containers of badly-needed fuel to Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast as part of a massive military aid effort.

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Yasuyoshi Chiba

Sendai Airport in northern Japan canceled all 92 flights scheduled to arrive or depart today after construction workers found an unexploded shell near a runway, CNN reported.

The 550-pound bomb was identified as an American-made shell from World War II, the Associated Press reported.

According to the AP:

The United States heavily bombed Japanese cities during World War II, and finding unexploded bombs is not unusual, even 67 years after Japan's surrender.

Members of the Japanese Self Defense Force worked to move the bomb, which still has a fuse, CNN reported. Officials said they hoped to reopen the airport by Wednesday, but warned that it could take a week to move the bomb or set up barriers for a controlled detonation, the AP reported.

Sendai Airport is still rebuilding following damage caused by the tsunami and earthquake that hit Japan in March 2011, according to the AP.

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