Radioactive Capsule: Found Australia’s deadly radioactive capsule, finding it was as difficult as ‘finding a needle in a haystack’
Capsule can cause cancer
It contains a cesium 137 ceramic source, commonly used in radiation gauges, which emits a dangerous amount of radiation equivalent to receiving 10 X-rays in an hour. It can cause skin burns and prolonged exposure can cause cancer. The search party took six days to scour the entire highway. The capsule went missing on January 10 while being transported between a desert mine site and Perth.
Help was sought from Commonwealth countries
The truck carrying the capsule arrived at Perth Depot on 16 January. Emergency services were notified of the capsule’s disappearance on 25 January. Simon Trott, chief executive of mining company Rio Tinto Iron Ore, has apologized for the incident. There was a stir in Australia after the news of the capsule’s disappearance came to the fore. In the absence of detection equipment, the government sought help from Commonwealth countries to locate the capsule.
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