In Australia, the mystery of the missing radioactive capsule is finally solved

John W. Banagan/Getty Images Mount Whaleback Iron Ore Mine (BHP Billiton), aerial view,

John W. Banagan/Getty Images

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.

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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