So the big news yesterday was that one Industrial radiography Equipment with the radioactive substances has disappeared 7 days ago, and that the police and the Malaysian Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) are now concerned that someone can use the radioactive material to make explosives (!).
Now, in case you have not really read about it yet, we are sorry if you get a heart attack from the above sentence. Here is a brief overview of what has happened:
So yes, there is radioactive material somewhere and there are two possible worst case scenarios & # 39; s. Someone who does not know what it is, can locate the device and open it, accidentally cause mass exposure to radioactive things. The second and arguably scarier possibility is that radioactive things can be used … for a dirty bomb.
So wait wtfbbqptptn, is Malaysia about to be blown up? Are we about to start life in an apocalyptic nuclear wasteland?
Dirty bombs are NOT the same as nuclear bombs and … are not really used to kill people ?!
Okay, persevere before you panic in the city and buy hazmat suits, you must first know that the radioactive things that are currently missing will not be converted into an atomic bomb laa okay … It can only be converted into one dirty bomb, that is other than a normal atomic bomb.
A nuclear bomb works a lot super complex nuclear fission reactions. Incidents such as Hiroshima have just told us that it is a huge weapon of mass destruction. And … that's pretty much anything we can say, because Cilisos does not currently employ a physicist. But, and here's the critical part, dirty bombs do not have an atomic reaction to nuclear or atomic damage on whatever. Yaaaay!
Instead, one dirty bomb refers to a normal bomb made with normal explosives (think of C4) packed with radioactive materials. So on top of the big bang that can kill and injure people, you now also have to deal with radioactive material in the air that can be dangerous for people (that's why it is & # 39; dirty & # 39;). And because of the possibility of causes fallout, Although not massively destructive, it is still considered a weapon of massive disruption due to the massive panic and health crisis that will occur after an explosion.
Yes, the main purpose of a dirty bomb is not to destroy, but to creating chaos … you can now run around in fear.
"The explosive itself would be more harmful than the radioactive material, however (a dirty bomb) could cause fear and panic, contaminate property and potentially save expensive costs," – Nuclear Regulatory Commission of the United States
It is pretty well understood by why people can panic when a dirty bomb goes off or even if there is even a small risk of radiation, such as the risk of cancer for example, there is certainly. That said, even though burning coal is just as bad or perhaps worse than the possible fall-out of a dirty bomb, you will not find people trying to scare the public by burning coal. That is because a dirty bomb remains a constant threat to national security for every country because it is possible cause mass panic in the country that, in turn, can affect the local economy and cause a health crisis.
There is some good news tho: no dirty bomb has ever been used. You may have seen that it is being used on TV or in video games, but for real life? No never.
Buuuut, it is not because it is difficult to get the radioactive stuff laa, because actually ….
It is rather easy to get dirty bomb material in Malaysia
The radioactive material that has disappeared – iridium-192 – is actually a fairly commonplace material in Malaysia. The company that has lost the device with iridium & # 39; lost & # 39; is reportedly at the oil and gas industry, and that is logical, as a main use for radioactive iridium is found in machines that test metals.
The oil and gas industry needs these machines to test the strength of the steel they use, and because oil and gas are an important part of our economy, it is no surprise that we are lying iridium-192 lying around. In fact, you could even find it in hospitals, like the same substance used for the treatment of cancer.
On top of this, this is not even the first time that radioactive iridium has disappeared earlier in Malaysia! As it turns out, according to our IGP Mohamad Fuzi we had a similar case of the iridium disappears just last year. You do not have to worry about that either, like the Malaysian Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) successfully picked up the radioactive things that time and time again. They even brought along special equipment to find it.
If you've heard of the AELB and know what they do, then congratulations, that makes us one. But for those of you who have no idea what
ABCD LGBT AELB, they are actually it people responsible for atomic energy and business. They virtually help the government with nuclear-related things, so as you know, when some potentially harmful radioactive iridium-192 is lost, they step into laa.
But usually their working range is not that exciting. Most of the time is their main task issue licenses for companies dealing with radioactive things, such as the company that lost the machine with its radioactive iridium. They have handed out more than 2000 licenses since their inception, including the controversial Lynas plant. The AELB also checks the health and safety of workers who deal with the radioactive things hands-on while also taking care of radioactive waste is removed in the right way.
As far as our own well-being is concerned …
What can be done to make us feel safer?
Well, see how the main purpose of a dirty bomb is create panicit is perhaps crucial do not do the job for the bomb before laa. It is important to do not spread rumors and fake news about the possible consequences of a dirty bomb that goes off. That means that you tell your second grandaunt on your father's side not to share that WhatsApp message about the missing iridium with being able to mutate your pet turtle into a criminal ninja.
In fact, according to the American Nuclear Energy Commission, just because you're in the vicinity of a radioactive source for a while or if you have a bit of radioactive dirt in you does not mean that you end up with cancer. However, in case a dirty bomb goes off * Toucheswood *, the AELB has stated for this we are more than ready to tackle it. Not only in the case of a dirty bomb, but also if there is a chemical or biological attack. Meanwhile, the police have also come forward to say that while the missing iridium is a concern, they are strongly convinced nothing to do with terrorism.
If you have been accidentally exposed to the radioactive material, you may experience dizziness, nausea, vomiting and surface burn. And if you see a brightly colored box with hazard warnings, do not touch it. Anyone with information can contact the local police station or contact the research officer ASP Yong Meng Heng 019-5753399.
Written together by Chak and Raymond