Missing Deadly Radioactive Capsule Spurs Nationwide Search in Australia

  • A tiny cylinder of radioactive material is missing along a stretch of highway in Western Australia after apparently falling off the back of a truck. According to health officials, the cylinder is very small and very dangerous.
  • The cylinder is about 8 mm long and 6 mm wide. According to officials, a bolt in the back of the truck loosened from the vibrations of the road and the cylinder slipped out.
  • The capsule is a cesium-137 ceramic source. This is a standardized piece of equipment typically used in industrial mining operations According to Robertson, it would emit the equivalent of 10 x-rays into the human body every hour into someone who was near it.
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