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Aerial view of the Mount Whaleback Mine near the town of Newman, Australia.
Australia – People are going to feel a little cooler in Western Australia. A potentially dangerous radioactive capsule has been found in Australia, where it had been wanted since mid-January after being lost while being transported by truck from a mine, officials announced on Wednesday, February 1.
“It’s a good thing. As I said, it was definitely a needle in a haystack that was found and I think people in Western Australia will be able to sleep better tonight.”Steve Dawson, the head of emergency services in this Australian state, told the press.
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Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto apologized on Monday for the loss.
Authorities drove hundreds of highway miles in search of the tiny capsule.
Discovery on a deserted roadside
State emergency services official Darren Klemm said he was eventually found near a deserted roadside mine south of the town of Newman, where he had been taken.
After six days of research, a mobilization vehicle detected radiation while traveling on a highway.
Darren Klemm said officials are now working to safely recover the capsule before it can be moved to a safe location.
According to officials, the silver-coloured capsule, which measures 8 mm by 6 mm, used during mining operations, contained a radioactive substance, cesium-137, capable of producing intense radiation.
It was lost some 1,400 kilometers while being transported by truck from a mine near the remote town of Newman to the northern suburbs of Perth.
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