A search to quickly find a small radioactive capsule that went missing while being transported from a mine in Western Australia took place on Saturday.
The 8mm by 6mm silver capsule used in mining operations has not been found since mid-January, emergency services said. According to Western Australia’s Department of Health, it contains the radioactive material Cesium 137. The capsule is said to have fallen while being transported from a truck to a storage location.
Health officials have warned against handling this material, which could cause burns or illness.
Rescue services said he was lost about 1,400 kilometers between the remote town of Newman and the northern suburbs of Perth. Western Australia’s medical services manager, Dr Andrew Robertson, said: “It’s worrying that someone took it without knowing what they were doing. A fire department spokesman said the capsule was being searched in populated areas first, but that could take weeks. The company responsible for the capsule realized it was missing on Wednesday. Authorities were alerted to the disappearance, he said.
A search was underway Saturday for a small radioactive capsule that went missing while being transported from a mine in Western Australia state. The 8mm by 6mm silver capsule used during mining operations has not been found since mid-January. , emergency services said. It contains a radioactive substance called cesium…
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