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Tiny radioactive capsule goes missing in Western Australia

An urgent search is under way in Western Australia after a tiny capsule containing a radioactive substance went missing.

The casing contains a small quantity of radioactive Caesium-137, which could cause serious illness if touched.

  • Kathryn Armstrong
  • BBC

It was lost between the town of Newman and the city of Perth in mid-January – a distance of roughly 1,400km (870 miles).

The public has been warned to stay away from the capsule if they see it.

It was being transported on a truck between a mine site north of Newman in the Pilbara region and the north-eastern parts of Perth between 10-16 January when it was mislaid. Caesium-137 is a…

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