Chernobyl writer urges tourists to 'respect' nuclear disaster site

Influencers are using Chernobyl for Instagram likes

Influencers are using Chernobyl for Instagram likes

The writer of the television series Chernobyl has urged tourists to respect the site of the nuclear accident after a slew of selfies appeared on Instagram. 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 of Baessler suited up in hardhat and mask in the control room of the "destroyed unit 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant", contrasted starkly with the bikini and fitness pics she nearly exclusively posts. "But yes, I've seen the photos going around", tweeted Craig Mazin, the creator of the Chernobyl miniseries.

Chernobyl creator and writer Craig Mazin is aware of the spike in tourism to the area, though he made a decision to take to Twitter to encourage everyone to please, you know, be respectful since a large number of people actually died there.

Reuters has reported that one of the tourist agencies that does tours of the site has seen a 40 per cent increase in bookings since the show aired on TV.

The most controversial Insta thirst trap comes from @nz.nik, who's picutred doing a half-naked photoshoot in a transparent, Hazmat-like suit in front of an abandoned building in Pripyat, the Ukrainian city built to serve the Chernobyl power plant, the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history.

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

Two people died at the scene of the explosion and another 28 from acute radiation poisoning over the following weeks, while about 1,000 firefighters and emergency services workers experienced high radiation doses during that time, according to the World Health Organisation.

31 people were officially recorded by Soviet Russia as killed in the Chernobyl disaster, but estimates for the total number of victims range from 4,000 to 93,000. Almost 5000 deaths were due to the contaminated water.

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