Truck Drops Deadly Radioactive Pill in Australian Outback

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Somewhere on the Great Northern Highway, there’s a small death pill.
photograph: Paolo Picciotto/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group (Getty Images)

Have you ever dropped something from the back of the truck while you’re on the road?Possibly a poorly secured bike, or blown parking receipt an open window? What about tiny radioactive capsules that can burn your skin or cause cancer?

according to vice newsa nationwide search was launched in Australia to trace a small radioactive pill that fell from the back of a truck that rolled down a highway. 250 inch) tablets are full of Cesium-137.

vice news They report bolts shaking loose in the back of trucks carrying materials. Road bumps and rutsThis created space for the capsule to slide off and onto the road below.

A photo of an open pit mine in Australia.

Cesium-137 is used in mining equipment that monitors liquid flow.
photograph: Michael Robinson Chavez/Washington Post (Getty Images)

Authorities say radioactive material fell somewhere on the Great Northern Highway between Perth and Newman. Western Australia (wa).accordion Vise:

“A cylinder has gone missing along 900 miles of highway in Australia, and authorities have urged people not to pick it up if they find it.

“It emits both gamma and beta rays to those who are nearby. In the long term, it can cause cancer. In the short term, it can cause skin burns and acute radiation syndrome.” Yes, the Washington state emergency department wrote a warning that when the truck arrived to unpack, workers realized the capsule was missing.”

According to authorities in Australia, the capsule was safely packed away on January 10. It was then shipped on the highway between January 11 and 14, before being held at a facility in Perth from January 16.

When the package was finally opened up earlier this week (January 25), authorities realized the capsule was missing.

Officials said that the “risk to the general community is relatively low” but did warn of the risks of picking up the capsule if they spot it. Instead, they are warning anyone that spots something to stay “at least five meters” away and alert the authorities. Vice adds:

“They are warning people to stay at least 5 meters away from it, to ‘not touch it,’ ‘not put it in a bag,’ ‘not put it in your car,’ and to ‘seek immediate medical advice … if you have touched the material’.”

The radioactive capsule contains cesium-137 that’s stored in a ceramic source. Traditionally used in commercial mining, the pill emits the equivalent of someone undergoing 10 x-rays every hour.

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