Seven decades after the end of World War II, unexploded bombs from the conflict are still being found around the globe.
Regional security chief Apostolos Tzitzikostas told reporters on Friday that the evacuation is "obligatory", stressing that the operation is of an unprecedented scale, as "a bomb of this size has never been found in an area this densely populated" in Greece, according to AFP.
Army experts have completed the first stage of a massive operation to defuse and remove a WWII bomb in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, the regional governor announced Sunday. Authorities shut down a 1.9 kilometer (1.2 mile) radius to safely work on the bomb, and the operation was deemed a huge success. 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 thousand police officers have been mobilised for the operation, with residents given several days' warning via the media, leaflets and posts on social networks.
The explosive, which was discovered buried some 16 feet below ground near the city of Thessaloniki, was deactivated by midday, and then taken to a military outpost to be destroyed.
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