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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Radioactive Spill

A river barge that overturned in the Far East over the weekend was carrying radioactive materials in a sealed container, the Emergency Situations Ministry revealed Tuesday.

No radiation has leaked from the 3-ton container holding iridium-192, which is now resting on the bed of the Amur River near the village of Keselevka, said ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov.

Russian news agencies had reported that the barge was carrying diesel fuel in barrels when it capsized Saturday.

Beltsov said some barrels with diesel were on board, as well as food, consumer goods and metal. He could not say how the container would be raised from the river bed.

The ministry was informed of the radioactive cargo only Tuesday, a spokeswoman said.