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    Finally, some numbers. Six detained in Mexican theft of 3,000 CURIES Co-60.

    "The atomic energy agency said the cobalt has an activity of 3,000 curies, or Category 1, meaning "it would probably be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period in the range of a few minutes to an hour." Hidalgo state Health Minister Pedro Luis Noble said earlier Friday the men suffered from skin irritations and dizziness, but that none were in serious condition. Only one was vomiting, a sign of radiation poisoning."

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...12-06-14-07-00

    I imagine that the nukes among us will be suitably impressed. We use a thumb-rule, the meter-Curie rule, 1 Curie Co-60 at 1 meter range gives 1 REM/hour from a point source (R^-2).

    As physically large as this assembly appears, the point-source and line-source rules fail to the area-source rule that I do not remember, but it is worse, a much higher exposure rate from the same point-source.

    Hijacked radioactive material found in Mexico. How dangerous was it? (+video) plus previous lost sources.

    The cobalt-60 reportedly was found near the hijacked truck it was on but outside its protective, lead-lined container. The IAEA called the highly radioactive material 'extremely dangerous.'
    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Secur...s-was-it-video

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    Last edited by Nightmare; 12-07-2013 at 06:26 AM.
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