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Turkey-Georgia border closes after radioactive alarm

Staff Writer |
The Türközü border gate at the Turkish-Georgian border was closed for several hours today due to a radiation alert in the area, according to information released by the Dogan agency.

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Alarm records at the Georgian customs gate detected radiation, but its origin appeared to come from the Turkish side, so the authorities reported the incident to the provincial government of Ardahan, in the north-east of the country.

Following the warnings, officials from the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and three officials from the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) carry out investigations and conducted radiation measurement in the pipes where wielding efforts were made.

During that time Georgia ordered the closure of the border gate.

The radioactive anomalies began to be detected at the border crossing on May 4, when welding efforts were underway for the construction of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), which will transport the Azeri gas to Turkey.

According to the mayor of Türkozü, Cahit Ulgar, the investigating team did not find any threat to human health after the inspections carried out, as no serious leak was detected.

AFAD officials pointed out the radiation came from an X-ray device used for TANAP welds, and could be due either to excessive use or malfunction.

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