Stolen Radioactive Source in Mexico on February 8 at some point of the road between Apaseo el Alto and Salamanca, Guanajuato.

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Event Date: 08 February 2021 Event Type: Transportation
Event Location: Mexico, Salamanca, Guanajuato State INES Rating: 2 (Provisional)

Event Description
On February 8, 2021, the CNSNS received a notification about the theft of a radiography camera (model DELTA 880).
The camera was stolen when the radiographer was forced to pull over by criminals. The DELTA 880 camera serial number is D2766 and contains a category 2 radioactive source of Iridium-192 with an activity of 2.035 TBq.
The actions taken were: a) the National Civil Protection authority was notified by the CNSNS; b) A criminal investigation is underway after the theft and; c) the search for the missing source is underway.

INES Rating: 2 - Incident (Provisional) as per 08 February 2021
Release beyond authorized limits? No
Overexposure of a member of the public? No
Overexposure of a worker? No

Contamination spread within the facility? No
Damage to radiological barriers (incl. fuel damage) within the facility? No

Degradation of Defence In-Depth Yes

Person injured physically or casualty? No
Is there a continuing problem? No

Victor Gonzalez
Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias
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