Australia finds a radioactive capsule missing for two weeks

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L&rsquo ;Australia finds a radioactive capsule that has been missing for two weeks

The much sought-after object was actually smaller than a 10¢ coin.

A tiny, dangerously radioactive capsule that fell in mid-January from a truck from mining giant Rio Tinto on a lonely road in the Australian Outback, has been found, authorities said on Wednesday.

The silver-colored cylinder, which measures 8mm by 6mm, was found on the side of the road near the remote town of Newman, state emergency services said. Western Australia.

It had been lost during its transport between a mine near the town of Newman and the northern suburbs of Perth (south-west), a distance of x27;about 1400 kilometers.

His disappearance went unnoticed until the end of the month.

Authorities have traveled hundreds of miles of highway to search for the tiny capsule, which contains a radioactive substance, cesium-137, which can cause acute radiation syndrome.

After six days of searching, one of the mobilized vehicles detected radiation while traveling on the highway.

That's a good thing. As I said, it was clearly a needle in a haystack that was found and I think people in Western Australia will be able to sleep better tonight, told the press Steve Dawson, Minister of Emergency Services for this Australian state.

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The capsule was found after six days of searching.

The radioactive capsule was part of a gauge used in the mining industry to measure the density of iron ore.

On Wednesday, a team including members of the #x27;Australian Army, found the capsule before loading it into a lead-lined container to protect the radiation response team.

She now has been transported to a place of safety and will start a new journey to Perth on Thursday, according to emergency services.

The site was inspected and cleared of any residual radiological contamination, they added.

In Australia, authorities have found a small, potentially dangerous radioactive capsule that had fallen from a Rio Tinto truck. The intensive research will therefore have lasted nearly two weeks, in the south-west of the country. Danielle Kadjo's story.

British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto welcomed the recovery of the capsule and reiterated its apologies for this extremely rare incident.< /p>

I would like to apologize to the entire Western Australian community for the concern, said Simon Trott, Managing Director of Rio Tinto Iron Ore, in a statement.

An investigation into the incident has been opened and sanctions are being considered.