Unexploded WW2 bomb sparks evacuation of thousands in Greece's Thessaloniki

Up to 72,000 people will be evacuated from their homes in Thessaloniki so experts can defuse and remove a World War Two bomb.

Calling the operation "a total success", he said it was the largest peacetime population evacuation in Greece and estimated it involved 70,000 people.

Workers expanding storage tanks at a busy gas station in Greece made a startling discovery last week: a giant unexploded bomb.

Greek military personnel in the Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit began work on defusing the bomb at 11:30, about 90 minutes later than planned, but finished early, deactivating the device by noon.

Turkey denies Russia's information on bombing of coordinates in Syria's al-Bab
Both said an armoured vehicle had been captured from government forces. There was no immediate comment from Russian Federation .

Police went house-to-house Sunday morning, ringing bells and knocking on doors to remind people living within a 1.9-kilometer (1.18-mile) radius of the bomb site to leave their homes. On Tuesday they finalized a new plan, which covers everyone living within a range of 1.2 miles around the bomb - including 62,000 people in Kordelio-Evosmos, in the northwest of Thessaloniki, and another 10,000 from a nearby neighborhood, the AMNA reports. A Greek army spokesman said the bomb's exterior had so degraded they weren't sure whether it was a German or Allied bomb - but one 86-year-old resident says he remembers it quite well.

Residents were taken to schools and sports halls so bomb experts could work at the scene. A thousand of police officers and hundreds of volunteers will secure the area.

The massive evacuation is unprecedented in Greece, "where a bomb of this size has never been found in an area this densely populated", Mr Tzitzikostas told reporters before the defusal.

'They have warned us. we are afraid for the child, ' Bogdani said.

Multi-State Manhunt in Southeast Intensifies for Alleged Murderer and Accomplice
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan says investigators believe Broz was killed for her vehicle, which was found near Pensacola. The Troup County Sheriff's Department confirms that it has asked Georgia state patrol SWAT teams to assist with the situation.

The city's main bus station was shut down, trains in the area were halted and churches cancelled their Sunday services.

Among the evacuees were 450 refugees staying at a former factory, who were transported by bus to visit the city's archaeological museum.

The Allies were targeting local German rail facilities, he said.

But one resident of the city told the Associated Press that the bomb was dropped by British and United States planes targeting German rail facilities on 17 September 1944.

Netflix resurrects 'The OA' for season 2
Netflix released season one of " The OA ", comprising eight one-hour episodes, on December 16 with hardly any advance publicity. The OA centers on young Missouri woman Prairie Johnson (Marling) who - missing since age 7 - mysteriously resurfaces.


Popular
  • Hundreds of whales dead after mass stranding in New Zealand

    The whales beached at low tide, three kilometres from where the first group had died Friday. "All we know is it keeps happening". While strandings have occurred before at Farewell Spit, the incident has shocked locals due to its magnitude.
    Barclays PLC Cuts Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) Price Target to $62.00

    Barclays PLC Cuts Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) Price Target to $62.00

    The high end target price has shares touching $23 and the low end target estimate has the stock moving to $15 within the year. Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:MPC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 1st.
    Jamie Carragher admits what he really thinks about Frank Lampard's career

    Jamie Carragher admits what he really thinks about Frank Lampard's career

    Lampard, who won 106 caps for his country, left New York City FC in November after his contract expired with Manchester City. He netted the goals in a win at Bolton which in 2005 secured the club's first championship title in 50 years.
  • Landslides kill 12 in Indonesian's Bali, more rain expected

    Landslides kill 12 in Indonesian's Bali, more rain expected

    A number of others were seriously injured, and they have been taken to hospital. Bali is a popular tourist destination known for its beaches and lush scenery.
    Donald Trump-like coloured gator known as 'Trumpgator' puzzles SC  crowds

    Donald Trump-like coloured gator known as 'Trumpgator' puzzles SC crowds

    Residents of a small SC town have been left shocked by a strangely-coloured visitor bathing in a local beauty spot. Much like a bad fake tan, the alligator is expected to soon shed its skin and its orange tone.
    Sensex opens strong, Nifty reclaims 8800

    Sensex opens strong, Nifty reclaims 8800

    Among the major losers were, Axis Bank 1.85 per cent, ITC 1.21 per cent, Infosys 0.88 per cent and Dr Reddy 0.71 per cent. The market breadth is strong with 1180 strong advances and 660 declines, whereas 92 stocks remain unchanged on BSE.
  • Girl Scout selling cookies robbed in Philadelphia

    Girl Scout selling cookies robbed in Philadelphia

    Toomer serves as Girl Scouts Service Unit Administrator for Troop 453, a territory that includes Gretna, Harvey and Terrytown. San Diego Girl Scouts have been donating cookies to troops deployed overseas with "Operation Thin Mint" since 2002.

    Boult bowls NZ to Chappell-Hadlee series win over Australia

    Mitchell Santner picked up two wickets and Captain Williamson picked up a wicket and it was an important one of Aaron Finch. New Zealand lost their 9 wickets in complete 50 overs and scored 281 runs.
    Lady Gaga drove a Lamborghini to the Super Bowl

    Lady Gaga drove a Lamborghini to the Super Bowl

    Meanwhile, Gaga recently offered an insight into her Super Bowl performance, revealing the show will "span her career so far". And before she takes center stage at Sunday's big game, Gaga got a little candid in a radio interview.
  • The Walking Dead: Here's What's Coming Up in Season 7B

    The Walking Dead: Here's What's Coming Up in Season 7B

    According to AMC, "The Walking Dead" Season 7 will be all about Rick and his group's preparation for the war. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly , "The Walking Dead" showrunner Scott M.
    United Kingdom  retail sales saw a slowdown in January

    United Kingdom retail sales saw a slowdown in January

    Over the last three months, LFL food sales increased 0.6% and 2.0% on a total basis, above the 12-month average. The figures were largely driven by slower non-food sales, although spending on groceries held up.
    John McCain calls on Trump to provide defensive lethal assistance to Ukraine

    John McCain calls on Trump to provide defensive lethal assistance to Ukraine

    About 200 people have been evacuated from Avdiivka, almost half of them children, Ukraine's State Emergency Service said Friday. Security Council at her first public meeting since being confirmed last week as President Donald Trump's U.N. envoy.

CONNECT