Bloggers criticised for taking 'insensitive' photos at the Chernobyl site

Chernobyl is becoming a visitor hotspot because of a new HBO series

Chernobyl is becoming a visitor hotspot because of a new HBO series

One of the masterminds behind popular series Chernobyl has called on inspired viewers visiting the site in Ukraine to conduct themselves "with respect". Once inside the exclusion zone, adventurers can explore the town of Pripyat, which was abruptly evacuated in 1986; stand under the Ferris wheel at the abandoned amusement park, and see the infamous nuclear reactor (safely enclosed in a steel structure to contain radiation) from an observation point 1000 feet away.

Dozens of people were killed in the immediate aftermath of the disaster while the long-term death toll from radiation poisoning is believed to number in the thousands.

He added that bookings for June, July, and August have increased by a further 10 percent since the HBO and Sky Atlantic show premiered.

Mazin was responding to a recent trend of posting highly stylized portraits in what is known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, many of which have been decried as inappropriate, including one of a young woman in revealing lingerie.

Craig Mazin, the writer of the miniseries, has taken to Twitter to speak out about the provocative photos going around social media. 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".

The site, near the city of Pripyat in northern Ukraine, has become an Instagrammers hot spot to capture the flawless "influencer" photo in a desperate bid for "likes" since the popular series' release.

On the 33rd anniversary of the disaster, ITV News Science Editor Tom Clarke visited Pripyat to find out about the growth in tourism in the area, which was already on the up even before the show's debut.

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