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Vladivostok customs stopped a radioactive Toyota Prius that arrived from Japan

By The Siberian Times reporter
23 January 2020

There were 875 contaminated items sent back by Russia since 2011 Fukusima-1 nuclear power plant disaster.

The contaminated Toyota Prius will be shipped back to Japan. Picture: Vladivostok customs

The radiation-emitting Toyota Prius was detected at the territory of Vladivostok Sea Port.

The dangerous cargo was contaminated with beta-active radionuclides, said the city customs press secretary Asya Berezhaya.

The test showed radiation flux density ranging from 40 to 120 particles per square centimeter per minute. 

The car will now be shipped back to Japan. 

This is the first case in three years time of a radioactive vehicle arriving from Japan detected by Russian customs. 

Overall Vladivostok customs reported 875 contaminated goods, including cars, that arrived from Japan since Fukusima-1 nuclear power plant disaster in 2011. 

Vladivostok customs stopped a radioactive Toyota Prius that arrived from Japan


Vladivostok customs stopped a radioactive Toyota Prius that arrived from Japan
There were 875 contaminated items sent back by Russia since 2011 Fukusima-1 nuclear power plant disaster. Pictures: Vladivostok Sea Port


The last case shows that the consequences of the 2011 accident have not been completely eliminated, said head of radioactive department of Vladivostok customs Maksim Shesternin.

Beta radiation is a stream of electrons emitted at a velocity approaching the speed of light, with enough energy to enter human skin but not to pass through it. 

Beta radiation can be stopped by a thin layer of aluminium or Persplex, according to Science Direct.

Comments (1)

There is a false equivalency in this article. It states that Beta radiation can be stopped by a thin layer of aluminum or Persplex. Yes - but that's the EXTERNAL exposure. If even a single atom of a Beta-emitter is inhaled, swallowed, or gets inside the body through a break in the skin, it becomes an INTERNAL emitter, and there is no protection for that. It is up close and personal with your internal organs, and it WILL impact your health - cancer, autoimmune diseases, infertility, birth defects, DNA damage that gets passed along to your children and their children and their children - they should only be able to have them.
Auntie Nuke, USA
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