More than 750 people were evacuated from their homes in Poland as Navy divers began working to defuse the largest unexploded World War II bomb ever found in the country, numerous sources reported.
The five-day operation to defuse the “earthquake bomb” was launched Monday near the town of Swinoujscie in northwest Poland, Reuters reported. The nearly 12,000 pound Tallboy bomb dates back to 1945 and was used by Britain’s Royal Air Force to penetrate deep underground and detonate after a delay, shattering fortifications from below, according to the Maritime Executive.
When detonated, the bomb would leave a crater measuring 80 feet deep and 100 feet in diameter. Toward the end of the war, the Tallboy was used successfully to destabilize or shatter dams, bridges and other structures.
The bomb was found in the Piast Canal which connects the Baltic Sea with the Oder River. It was dropped by the British in an attack against the German cruiser Lutzow, as reported by