Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson said there were no reports of any harm to anyone from the capsule. Let us tell you that on January 10, the capsule went missing while being taken between a desert mine site and Perth.
The missing ‘destructive capsule’ has been found in Western Australia. Officials informed about this on Wednesday. He said that the small dangerous radioactive capsule was found which had fallen from the truck during transportation on this 1400 km long highway last month. The officer said that finding the said capsule was like finding a needle in a haystack.
Officials said the pea-sized capsule was found on the Great Northern Highway south of Newman. Officials said it was detected by a search vehicle traveling at a speed of 70 kilometers per hour when specialist equipment detected radiation emanating from the capsule.
this is an extraordinary result
Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson said, ‘This is an extraordinary result … They really have found a needle in a haystack.’ Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson said there were no reports of any harm to anyone from the capsule. 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 capsule went missing on January 10
The search team took six days to search the entire highway. On January 10, the capsule went missing while being transported between a desert mine site and Perth. 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. (input from language)
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