The missing radioactive capsule has been found


theThe Australian authorities announced on Wednesday 1He is In February, a potentially dangerous radioactive capsule was found, which had been missing for several weeks. It had been wanted since mid-January after it went missing while being transported by truck from a Rio Tinto mine. Found on the side of a deserted road. Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto apologized on Monday, January 30 for the loss.

“It’s a good thing. Like I said, it was definitely a needle in a haystack that has been found and I think people in Western Australia will be able to sleep better tonight,” Steve Dawson, the health minister, told reporters, Australian Government Emergency Services. Authorities drove hundreds of miles on highways looking for the tiny capsule.

A substance capable of causing acute radiation

It was eventually discovered on the side of a deserted road south of the town of Newman, near the mine from which it had been taken, said State Emergency Services official Darren Clem. After six days of searching, one of the packaged vehicles detected radiation while driving on the highway.

Klemm said authorities are now working to safely recover the capsule before it can be moved to a safe location. The silver-colored capsule, measuring 8 mm by 6 mm, used during mining operations, according to the authorities, contained radioactive material, cesium-137, capable of causing blunt radiation.

It went missing while being trucked between a mine near the remote town of Newman and the northern suburbs of Perth (southwest), a distance of approximately 1,400 km.

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