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Aerial view of Mount Whaleback Mine near Newman, Australia.
Australia – People in Western Australia are going to feel a little calmer. A dangerous radioactive capsule is discovered Australia, She had been wanted since mid-January Officials announced Wednesday, February 1, after it went missing while being transported by truck from the mine.
“This is a good thing. Like I said, it was definitely a needle in a haystack and I think people in Western Australia can sleep well tonight.Steve Dawson, head of emergency services in the Australian state, told reporters.
BREAKING: Deadly radioactive capsule found in WA outback a week after it went missing 7… https://t.co/1rrIJeGtiw
— 7NEWS Australia (@7NewsAustralia)
Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto apologized for the loss on Monday.
Officers drove hundreds of highway miles in search of the tiny capsule.
Discovery on the edge of a deserted road
She was found on the side of a deserted road south of Newman, near the mine where she had been taken, said state emergency services official Darren Klemm.
After six days of research, a mobilized vehicle detected radiation while traveling on the highway.
Officials are now working to safely recover the capsule before taking it to a safe location, Darren Klemm said.
According to officials, the silver-colored capsule measuring 8mm by 6mm used during mining operations contains a radioactive material called cesium-137 capable of causing severe radiation.
It was lost while being trucked to the northern suburbs of Perth, 1,400 kilometers from the mine near the remote town of Newman.
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