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WATCH: Old naval mine from Second Sino-Japanese War detonated in China

PortandTerminal.com, May 15, 2020

ZHANGZHOU, CHINA – An old naval mine was successfully detonated at sea with the help of local police and experts in China.

The spectacular video, shot in the coastal city of Zhangzhou in Fujian Province on May 13, shows a diver diving into the sea to attach 1.5-ton emulsion explosives onto 1,100-lb mine.

According to reports, the naval mine was left-over from the Second Sino-Japanese War, which took place between 1937-1945 and ended with Japan’s unconditional surrender.

The detonation of the naval mine cleared the dangerous obstacle for marine navigation.

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Contact Mines aboard a German, Leberecht Maas class destroyer in Autumn 1940.
Contact Mines aboard a German, Leberecht Maas class destroyer in Autumn 1940.

In Asia when WW2 ended there were still 25,000 U.S.-laid mines in place. The Navy was unable to sweep them all, limiting their efforts to critical areas.

After sweeping for almost a year, in May 1946, the Navy abandoned the effort with 13,000 mines still unswept. Those mines plus countless thousands of additional mines laid by other navies pose an ongoing risk to maritime safety.

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