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Radioactive Japanese cars detained in Russia’s Far East

Published time: April 14, 2011 15:19
Edited time: April 14, 2011 20:38

Customs officials in Vladivostok seized a radioactive cargo of 50 cars from Japan. Their level of radiation is two times higher than normal.

The cars are being kept in an isolated area while it is decided what to do with them. Their recipients say they do not have the right to send them back to Japan.

Earlier this week, customs in Vladivostok seized a cargo of 20 radioactive cars.

Intensive beta-radiation was discovered during a checking of the “Asian Ice” ship.

This is the first large shipment of radioactive second-hand cars from Japan. Earlier, heightened levels of radiation were found on several private vehicles.