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'Sorry', says Rio Tinto after radioactive capsule lost in Australia desert

Authorities are now grappling with the daunting task of searching along the truck's 1,400 kilometre (870 mile) journey from north of Newman to a storage facility in the northeast suburbs of Perth

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Rio Tinto apologised on Monday for the loss of a tiny radioactive capsule that has sparked a radiation alert across parts of the Western Australia.

The radioactive capsule, believed to have fallen from a truck, was part of a gauge used to measure the density of iron ore feed which had been entrusted to a specialist contractor to transport.

Authorities are now grappling with the daunting task of searching along the truck’s 1,400 kilometre (870 mile) journey from north of Newman to a storage facility in the northeast suburbs of Perth — a distance longer than the length of Great

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First Published: Jan 30 2023 | 10:15 PM IST

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