An extreme drought caused by record high temperatures in Europe has revealed World War II-era unexploded ordnance along the banks of Italy’s Po River.
Fishermen found an American-made bomb near the village of Borgo Virgilio in northern Italy near the city of Mantua on July 25. Reuters (opens in new tab)It seems that the bomb had been sunk there for over 70 years.
But the water level of the Po River, Italy’s longest river, which cuts across northern Italy from east to west, has dropped this summer after multiple heatwaves that hit many parts of Europe (including Italy) with record high temperatures. decreased significantly.
WWII bomb found in drought-stricken waters of Italy’s Po River https://t.co/XxYLkF6M6q pic.twitter.com/SiNbGGCtQGAugust 7, 2022
According to military experts, the bomb weighed about 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms). After evacuating about 3,000 civilians living near the village, military experts defused the bomb and moved the device to a quarry about 30 miles (45 km) away. There, the bomb was destroyed in a controlled explosion. No injuries or damage were reported from the controlled explosion.
Extreme heatwaves hit much of the northern hemisphere this summer. increasingly common as a result of continued climate changeRome had its hottest recorded temperature in late June, at 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 Celsius). Washington Post (opens in new tab).
During the heat wave in June, the Tiber in Rome was very dry, ancient bridge built during the reign of emperor nero (who ruled roman empire5th emperor from 54 to 68 AD) became clearly visible on the riverbed. Ruins of the bridge only appear during long periods of drought, an expert told his Live Science.
Due to an ongoing drought, Italy last month declared a state of emergency for the region around the Po River, where about a third of Italy’s agricultural production takes place, according to Reuters. (The state of emergency had nothing to do with the atomic bomb).regions are suffering the most drought Seen in about 70 years.
Originally published in Live Science.
World War II-era bomb found in drought-hit Po River
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