Germany faces largest-ever evacuation after WWII bomb discovery

Police insist it is safe leaving the bomb in the ground until Sunday to deal with it 

Also falling in the evacuation area are the former Platen Housing Area and the Post Exchange complex. Police are keeping close watch over the site and say there "is now no danger". All work on the site has stopped, and the bomb is covered under a blue tarp.

One of the biggest such evacuations to date took place last Christmas, when another unexploded British bomb forced 54,000 people out of their homes in the southern city of Augsburg.

More than 70 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are regularly found buried on German land, legacies of the intense bombing campaigns by the Allied forces against Nazi Germany.

The bomb is an HC 4000 air mine, nicknamed "Wohnbockknacker", for its capability to wipe out an entire street.

Frankfurt was a frequent target of Allied aerial raids toward the end of the war, and its famous medieval city center was nearly totally destroyed.

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The bomb is located close to the city center and 1.5 miles from the city's main shopping area, which is why a mind-boggling 70,000 may have to evacuate on Sunday when German authorities defuse the bomb.

The site itself has been sealed off, and city councillor Markus Frank said people living up to 1.5km (0.93m) surrounding the bomb will need to be evacuated before the bomb can be defused.

This weekend, Frankfurt residents are going to have to leave their homes at once.

Two hospitals and Germany's Federal Reserve Bank are within evacuation zone.

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