Rio Tinto Has Issued An Apology For The Loss Of A Small Radioactive Capsule In Australia
Rio Tinto has issued an apology for the loss of a small radioactive capsule in Australia. The multinational mining corporation said the capsule disappeared while it was being transported through Western Australia.
Along the 1,400km (870 mile) course, an urgent search for the capsule, which is approximately the size of a pea, is currently under way. The capsule has a trace amount of radioactive caesium-137 in it, and anyone who comes into contact with it runs the risk of contracting a serious sickness. This may involve damage to the skin, burns, or nausea caused by radiation.
Emergency personnel are utilizing radiation detectors and other specialized equipment to look for the device. They believe there is a "pretty good" possibility of detecting the gadget, despite its little size.
However, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services in Australia stated that the silver capsule, which measures only 6 millimeters (0.24 inches) in diameter and 8 millimeters in length, was so little that it could have become embedded in the tire of a car that was driving along the road.
There is also the possibility that a member of the public might mistakenly take it home with them as a souvenir in the event that it is discovered by a member of the public. Radiation burns could develop from simply holding the capsule, and prolonged exposure to radiation could lead to cancer. The authorities are emphasizing this point as much as possible. There is a possibility that the capsule has been lost for as long as two weeks.
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Australian mining company apologizes for losing radioactive capsule
Rio Tinto, which has a significant presence in the Australian mining industry and has been at the center of a number of scandals in the past few years, has expressed its regret for the concern that has been generated. The company announced in a statement that it will be conducting its own inquiry into the events that had taken place.
The equipment that went missing was a component of a density gauge, which is utilized frequently in the mining business. It was put to use at the Rio Tinto mine known as Gudai-Darri, which is located in the outlying Kimberley region.
The gauge was being moved by a firm that had been subcontracted to transport it. On January 12, the company picked it up from the mine site and moved it to a storage location in the north-east suburbs of Perth.
On January 25th, while it was being unpacked for examination, the gauge was discovered to be in pieces, and the radioactive capsule was nowhere to be found. In addition, one of the four mounting bolts and screws was not present.
According to the authorities, the bolts may have gone loose as a result of vibrations that occurred during the shipping process, which then allowed the capsule to slip through gaps in the casing and vehicle.
The search path is really extensive. It is roughly comparable to the driving distance from John O'Groats in Scotland to Land's End in Cornwall, or from Washington, DC to Orlando, Florida.
Patrol trucks that will cover the length of it are currently having specialized radiation detection equipment installed in them. Over the course of five days, they will go over the Great Northern Highway at speeds of approximately 50 kilometers per hour in both directions (30mph).