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Tepco video shows tensions as Fukushima crisis unfurls

Published on Aug 6, 2012 8:39 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Video footage released on Monday shows the head of the Fukushima nuclear power plant shouting "We have a big problem, a big problem!" as a reactor exploded after last year's quake-tsunami disaster.

The footage was among 150 hours of video conferencing recorded during the first days of the nuclear disaster reluctantly released by Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) which operated the plant.

The images showed tense exchanges as company officials struggled with the unfolding disaster after the deadly tsunami on March 11, 2011 damaged emergency power for cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which went through meltdowns and explosions.

Among the most tense footage recorded was on March 14 when the building covering the number three reactor exploded due to a build-up of hydrogen.

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