Radioactive cargo seized in Vladivostok

Publish date: August 22, 2005

A cargo of radioactive litter has been found in Russia’s far eastern port of Vladivistok, Russian news agencies reported on August 13.

The Primtechnopolis radiation safety company became alarmed after its monitoring devices showed a radiation level surpassing the normal level 100 times in the port.

A check revealed 89 radioactive items, previously spare parts for equipment, RIA Novosti reported. In a special operation that lasted six hours the dangerous pieces were sorted and taken away from the port, and the radiation level stabilized.

Considering the small size of the cargo, the radiation level of 1,500 micro-roentgen per hour that it produced was very impressive, the Primtechnopolis representatives told Interfax.