Authorities have announced that if anyone sees a small capsule in Western Australia, they should refrain from touching it. But why? Find out the answer from this report.
Authorities have announced that if anyone sees a small capsule in Western Australia, they should refrain from touching it. But why? Officials in Western Australia have confirmed that the missing small, deadly radioactive capsule has been found again. The capsule fell from the truck during transport.
Since the radioactive capsule went missing last month, authorities have been searching for it using all possible means. According to a government official, finding him was like finding a needle in a haystack. Officials said the pea-sized capsule was found in the southern part of the country.
A well-known international mining company, Rio Tinto, and the emergency services in Western Australia confirmed that the small but highly dangerous radioactive capsule had gone missing on its way to Perth from the Pilbara in early January. The capsule is silver and measures 8 x 6 mm.
Why is this capsule radioactive?
The capsule contains cesium 137. It is a radioactive substance that emits gamma rays. It emits a very dangerous type of radiation, ionizing radiation, which can penetrate deeply into the body.
Gamma rays are the most energetic and dangerous type of ionizing radiation. They can strip electrons from your body’s atoms and damage your cells and your DNA. The capsule contains 19 gigabecquerels of radioactivity, a unit of radiation. And 19 gigabytes means about 10 medical X-rays per hour. Capsules of this type are commonly used in the mining industry to measure iron ore density.
How did it get lost?
The radioactive capsule was probably dropped from a truck, which was transporting it from Rio Tinto’s ‘Godai Dari’ mine, north of Newman, to Perth. Officials have said that screws and bolts loosened due to the truck’s ‘vibration’ during the journey, and the radioactive capsule fell out of the package.
How bad for health?
According to officials, the capsule poses a “relatively low” threat to the general public and cannot be used to make a weapon. However, the authorities warned at the same time that if anyone sees an object similar to the capsule on the roadside, do not touch it. Get away from him immediately and stay at least 5 meters away.
If you are exposed to ionizing radiation, you may develop acute radiation syndrome. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, skin irritation and a decrease in the number of white blood cells, which can cause your immune system to weaken. In more severe cases, it can lead to organ failure and even death.
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