In Brief: Potsdam prepares to evacuate thousands from city center after discovering World War II-era bomb

The bomb is the 203rd that’s been found in Potsdam over the past 30 years.

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By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and Kate Brady

Some 13,000 people must evacuate downtown Potsdam by 8 a.m. Friday as authorities try to defuse a World War II-era bomb weighing 250 kilograms, or a quarter metric ton.

City officials say it was located during a routine search in the Havel River, about three meters or 10 feet beneath the surface.

Potsdam Councillor Brigitte Meier told reporters that a radius of 800 meters will be sealed off, which will create a huge traffic challenge.

Three senior citizens homes must also be evacuated, and the central train station, Barberini Museum and Brandenburg Legislature will be off limits.

The bomb is the 203rd that’s been found in Potsdam over the past 30 years.


Finland is reopening its borders next month to Germany and several other countries. 

From July 13, holidaymakers from 12 European countries will be able to travel to Finland.

But on one condition: The permitted countries must have recorded fewer than eight new coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants within a two-week period.

Meanwhile, Finland’s borders will remain closed to its most important neighbor, Sweden — which currently has an infection rate of more than 100 per 100,000 people.

Finland had already dropped its border checks for travelers from other Nordic and Baltic states earlier this month.

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