Why has the search for this misplaced radioactive capsule infuriated Australia for days?

Why has the search for this misplaced radioactive capsule infuriated Australia for days?

A few days ago, a capsule of cesium-137, a highly radioactive substance, disappeared after falling from a truck. After long days of searching, she was finally found

“It was definitely a needle in a lump of faith that was found.” Western Australian Emergencies Minister Steve Dawson interviewed him France Info was quoted by Agence France-Presseseems relieved to say the least after authorities find a misplaced radioactive capsule.

fell from a truck

And for good reason: for several days this area of ​​the island has been particularly agitated by the loss of this dangerous object containing cesium-137, a substance that can cause dangerous radiation.

In mid-January, the mining company Rio Tinto, who was responsible, announced that it had fallen from a truck while it was being transported to a mine. She also had to apologize for this on Monday, January 30th.

particularly complex research

The capsule, especially small, had to be found in a huge search perimeter
MAXPPP – WA HANDOUT FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

An 8mm capsule out of 6 could be found in an area that stretched over 1,400 kilometers: in other words, the operation seemed almost like an impossible task.

But after days and hours of searching, the object was finally discovered thanks to a radiation detector according to France Info. It was on the edge of a deserted road, not far from the mine from which it had been taken.

The Australian authorities have committed significant resources to conducting the research

The Australian authorities have committed significant resources to conducting the research
MAXPPP – WA HANDOUT FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

“Western Australians will be able to sleep better tonight.” Steve Dawson finally cheered up.

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