This pdf contains a sequence of slides illustrating the basic construction of the Fukushima Boiling Water nuclear reacors and the sequence of event following the earthquake on 11 March 2011. It is current as of about 31 March 2011.
It was prepared by Areva - the French multi-national conglomerate with major nuclear industry interests
The diagrams in this presentation provide a clear layman's understanding of both the Fukishima plant and its breakdown following the earthquake. The most worrying part of the presentation is provided by the last but one page illustrating the failure to maintain the water supply to the spent fuel storage ponds and consequent release of intensely radio-active fission products to the atmosphere.
The document is written from the perspective of the nuclear industry, with all the caveats that implies. It is nonetheless provides very useful information in a clear and understandable format.
The IAEA website update log page (with the same caveats) is also worth studying.
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