Koblenz Bomb Surfaced In The Rhine River Due To Low Water Levels

December 4, 2011 by staff 

Koblenz Bomb Surfaced In The Rhine River Due To Low Water Levels, Unexploded bomb from World War II surfaced in the Rhine River, more than 45,000 people were being evacuated from the German city of Koblenz, according to the Spiegel.

Some 45,000 residents ? nearly half of the city’s population? will have to leave the area before bomb disposal experts can defuse it. To ensure safety, a 1.8-kilometer (1.1-mile) radius buffer zone was needed, Spiegel reported.

The bomb, 10 feet long and weighing 1.8 tons, was recently spotted after a particularly dry November lowered water levels along the Rhine River.

German authorities were building a temporary dam around the bomb, which is covered by about 40 centimeters (16 inches) of water. The area will then be pumped free of water so the bomb can be defused.

Further bomb discoveries along the riverbed were expected to continue due to the low water levels, authorities said.

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