The severe drought in Italy is the reason why fishermen discovered an American-made bomb at the bottom this summer. Near the village of Borgo Virgilio in northern Italy and near the city of Mantua, according to Reuters.
The bomb appears to have been submerged there for over 70 years.
However, water levels in the Po River, which runs east-west across northern Italy and is the country’s longest river, have diminished dramatically this summer due to the severe drought in Italy. After multiple heat waves that hit many parts of Europe (including Italy), Of course, with record-high temperatures that the continent has never seen before.
According to military experts, the bomb weighed about 1,000 pounds (450 kg).
After evacuating about 3,000 civilians living around the village, military experts cut the fuse of the bomb and moved it to a quarry about 30 miles (45 kilometers) away.
There, the bomb was destroyed by a controlled explosion. There were no reports of injuries or damage from the controlled explosion.
In the video below, you can watch the bomb being detonated by military experts in the Italian Army.
What’s happening in Europe this summer, and why all the noise about heat waves?
This summer has seen many extreme heatwaves in the Northern Hemisphere. Which are expected to become more common as a result of ongoing climate change.
In late June, Rome reported its highest temperature ever recorded, at 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 degrees Celsius), according to the Washington Post.
During a heat wave in June. The Tiber River in Rome dried up to the point that the ruins of an ancient bridge built during the reign of Emperor Nero (who ruled as the fifth emperor from 54 to 68 AD) became clearly visible in the river bed.
Some experts said the bridge ruins only appear during long droughts.
Due to the ongoing drought, Italy declared a state of emergency last month. For all areas around the Po River, where nearly a third of Italy’s agricultural production takes place, according to Reuters.
(The emergency was not related to the bomb.)
The region is experiencing its worst drought in nearly 70 years.