A radioactive capsule used in mining equipment has been lost on a 1400km stretch of highway between Newman and Malaga in Western Australia. The cylinder, measuring 8mm x 6mm, fell out of a truck and is posing a potential danger to those in close proximity to it.
According to officials, being near the lost capsule is the equivalent to receiving 10 X-rays per hour. This level of radiation exposure can cause serious health problems, including cancer and organ damage.
Authorities are urging anyone who may have come into contact with the capsule or has information about its whereabouts to contact them immediately. They are also reminding the public to be cautious and avoid handling any suspicious objects found on the highway.
A search and rescue operation is currently underway to locate the capsule. Officials are working closely with mining companies and trucking companies to identify the source of the lost capsule and to track its movements.
In the meantime, authorities are warning people to avoid the area where the capsule is believed to have been lost and to exercise caution while driving on the highway between Newman and Malaga. They are also reminding people to report any suspicious objects or activity to the police immediately.
The incident has raised concerns about the safety protocols in place for transporting radioactive materials. Officials are conducting an investigation to determine if any safety regulations were violated and if any changes need to be made to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.