LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster in history at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat, Ukraine.
Several weeks ago, the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant was likened to Chernobyl when it was upgraded to a 7 on the International Nuclear Events Scale – the most catastrophic rating indicating a major accident.READ MORE: 1 Dead, 2 Trapped And At Least 6 Injured In Pacoima Traffic Collision Involving A Structure
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USC Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Najmedin Meshkati says there are valuable lessons to be learned from both nuclear disasters.
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The biggest threat, he maintains, is complacency.