Damaged radioactive device caused closing of Costanera

The country does not get many radioactivity emergencies, but there was one Tuesday night that caused the closing of the Costanera, Ruta 34, seven kilometers north of Palmar Norte on the south Pacific coast.

The location is known locally as  Ojo de Agua. The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said there was work taking place with a sewer line and that an instrument, a densitometer, was involved in a mishap with a truck.

Such devices use a radioactive source to emit radiation to measure the density of compacted soil, among other uses.  The agency said that the route would be closed until late Tuesday night with traffic being diverted through  Ciudad Cortés.

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