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Nuclear wasteland selfies draw ire as tourists flock to Chernobyl

Nuclear wasteland selfies draw ire as tourists flock to Chernobyl

Tourism to the area has reportedly increased by 30-40% off the back of the success of HBO's critically-acclaimed show, Chernobyl, which has brought a resurgence of interest in the nuclear disaster.

However, some selfie-taking tourists have sparked anger for failing to respect Chernobyl's tragic history by taking inappropriate pictures of themselves at the disaster site.

Instagram's "Chernobyl" geotag shows users posing in front of the city's abandoned theme park, dressing up in hazmats suits, and pulling questionable stretches in the exclusion zone.

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

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In a tweet Tuesday, Mazin said that while it's great the HBO show on the subject has inspired people to go to the site in the Ukraine, "If you visit, please remember that a bad tragedy occurred there. But yes, I've seen the photos going around", tweeted Craig Mazin, the creator of the Chernobyl miniseries. It isn't safe to live there, but by signing up for a tour you can visit the area surrounding the power plant. The image has garnered comments calling the user, who has 3,922 followers, "repulsive", "disrespectful" and "disgusting".

April marked the 33rd anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in then-Soviet Ukraine, caused by a botched safety test in the fourth reactor of the atomic plant that sent clouds of nuclear material across much of Europe. 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.

Following the release of HBO drama series Chernobyl, tourism at the site has grown by 40 per cent compared with May a year ago. "They go because these places are important and interesting".


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