Unexploded WWII bomb defused in central Berlin

British 500-Kg World War II bomb disposal to force evacuation in Berlin today

The area to be cleared includes Berlin Hauptbahnhof - the central railway station, an army hospital, the economy and transport ministries and the embassies of Indonesia and Uzbekistan, the BBC quoted the German police as saying. In September, patients at hospitals in Frankfurt were evacuated to allow the controlled explosion of another huge wartime bomb.

Earlier, police have posted a series of pictures describing the "normally vibrant city" as a "ghostown".

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn says train stops at the busy station will end at 10 a.m., and at 11:30 a.m. through traffic will also be shut down before experts begin their work.

Coskon said the operation was deja-vu, with a similar one in 2013 also affecting the area around the main railway station.

Police have evacuated buildings that are in an 800-meter (half-mile) radius of the site as a precaution with officers knocking on doors to ensure nobody is remaining inside.

The city's central station reopened at 12:30pm. Many thousands of residents and employees will have to stay clear of, or leave the area by 9:00 am local time (0700 GMT), and not return until the bomb is safely defused. A mass evacuation has been planned which will result in stopping some trains, trams, buses and even some flights within the city's Tegel airport were said to take a halt. While the shutdowns were no doubt a headache for these public services and residents for the hours it took to defuse the bomb on Friday, its discovery on Wednesday gave the city a few days to prepare for the shutdown.

The discovery of bombs by the 2nd World War isn't an uncommon occurrence in Germany and everywhere, with hundreds found.

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