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Fukushima steam baffling, says TEPCO

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant today said it still did not know what caused steam seen inside a reactor building, nor why it was no longer there. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) spotted water vapour around the fifth floor of the building housing the badly-damaged Reactor 3 yesterday.

The company said it was looking at the possibility that accumulated rainwater had been the cause, but admitted today it still did not know for sure. TEPCO, which has faced repeated criticism for playing down problems or not being open about the difficulties it faces at Fukushima, said the steam did not contain an abnormally high level of radiation.
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