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Title: Radiation Alert!
Authors: Kannampallil, K.T. Thomas
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: The recent incidence of radiation exposure in a New Delhi scrap market raised serious concerns. What happens in cases of such radiation exposure? The recent radiation leak reported from a scrap shop in the Mayapuri industrial area in New Delhi left almost 10 people with burn injuries caused due to radiation from a radioactive material Cobalt-60. Twelve people, including policemen and residents of nearby areas, were also sent to New Delhi-based Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) to undergo investigations to detect whether they had been exposed to radiation.While those directly exposed and suffering from severe symptoms were rushed to hospitals, crowds of people thronged the vicinity of the scrap market to take a look at the site of radiation exposure—little knowing that they were exposing themselves to harmful radiation. In general, it has been seen that awareness about radiation damage to humans is still very low.
Page(s): 23-25
ISSN: 0036-8512
Appears in Collections:SR Vol.47(06) [June 2010]

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