Chernobyl Suddenly Becomes Visitor Hotspot After Popular HBO Series

Influencers are using Chernobyl for Instagram likes

"But yes, I've seen the photos going around", Mazin wrote on Twitter.

"If you visit, please remember that a awful tragedy occurred there".

- In the wake of the popular HBO series, some Instagrammers have drawn the ire of the internet after posting pictures of themselves posing at Chernobyl, where the world's largest nuclear disaster occurred, with many users blasting the images as insensitive and tone deaf.

The former nuclear plant and the abandoned neighbouring town have received a huge increase in visitors since the drama was released in May to critical acclaim.

Along these same lines, there's been growing criticism against these photos spreading online, with at least one prominent Instagrammer deleting selfies she took at the site of the disaster.

Another made a victory gesture while smiling at a viewpoint overlooking the nuclear facility, and others struck glamorous poses against a backdrop of a nuclear wasteland.

Responding to the picture, one user commented: "Imagine being this disrespectful".

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On April 26, 1986, a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded, forcing a region-wide evacuation and sending radioactive fallout billowing across Europe.

On this side of what used to be the Iron Curtain, obvious Emmy contender Chernobyl has been perched as the top of IMDB's all-time TV rankings with a 9.7 out of 10 in the last few days - which I get as I named the series the show you had to watch in my review of May 2.

The accident killed 31 people instantly and forced tens of thousands to flee. A 2005 report suggested that fewer than 50 people died because of the exposure to radiation but estimates suggest up to 9000 people can eventually die.

"Very rarely do people go to these sites because they enjoy, in some morbid, dark way, the suffering of others".

Although the visitors don't need to wear hazmat suits anymore; they must undergo military passport checks before entering the site and are also strictly warned not to touch anything.

The HBO miniseries depicts the explosion's aftermath, the vast clean-up operation and the subsequent inquiry.

The disaster and the government's handling of it highlighted the shortcomings of the Soviet system with its unaccountable bureaucrats and entrenched culture of secrecy.

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