1 February 2023
Authorities in Western Australia recovered a tiny but dangerous radioactive capsule on Wednesday. The capsule got lost while being transported between a desert mine site and Perth on Jan. 10.
Officials said the capsule the size of a pea was found south of Newman on the Great Northern Highway. Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson said the capsule did not appear to have moved and no injuries had been reported. It contains caesium 137 which emits dangerous amounts of radiation, equal to 10 X-rays in an hour. The chief executive of the mining company Rio Tinto has apologized for the incident.
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