Here's the labeled cutaway again:
GE Mark I BWR containment [Magdi Ragheb, U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign]
 [NYT] Japan Floods Nuclear Reactor Crippled by Quake in Effort to Avert Meltdown
 [NRC] Reactor Concepts Manual | Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Systems
No collapse here, the part of the building that is not designed to withstand and explosion did not. Gonna need a new refueling bridge too. Somebody should put a tarp over the fuel pool to keep birds out. What is next? Do they have tornadoes in Japan?
Kit P, they do, they call them Typhoons if I recall.Though I think the Earthquake is enough disaster for now, no need to challenge nature to give them yet another turn in the grinder.
But it's a melt-down! A meltdown, I tell ya! All the news channels are saying so and t'internet is agreeing. So it must be so!Then again, if it'd been a conventional gas-fired station how many would be horribly burned to death right now?
"Somebody should put a tarp over the fuel pool to keep birds out." True and hillarious.
Joe: If it was a conventional coal-fired station then there would be no issues, If you stop feeding coal into the reactor, the fire goes out. Also this article may have been correct at the time, but the situation has changed drastically over the last few hours, it has been measured that 400 millisierverts have been released in one hour. The nuclear association say that over 100 in a year can be sufficient to cause cancer.
A typhoon is the name given to a hurricane in that part of the world. They do get tornadoes, but usually in the China Sea in the form of water spouts. These do sometimes come ashore.