Is your Cesium 137 Secure? Why The Dirty Bomb Is Still Ticking.
In the U.S. a Cesium-137 machine -used by an estimated of 1,000 hospitals for blood irradiation- weighs about 200 pounds, just like an average ATM machine. Containing over 1,000 curies of radiation, the Cs-137 when exploded by TNT, fertilizer, or other available explosive, becomes a dirty bomb dispersing radiation over a wide area. Many hospitals facilities with radio-logical sources are vulnerable to possible tampering, sabotage or outright theft. Radiation from the explosion of a dirty bomb in New York City would make an area of about 100 blocks unlivable for 30 years. A much larger area would be off-limits while it was decontaminated. The cost would be in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Something must be done to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. GO TO SOURCE