Chernobyl writer urges tourists to 'respect' nuclear disaster site

Visitors wait in line to buy snacks and souvenirs at a souvenir shop next to the Dytyatky checkpoint after a tour in the Chernobyl exclusion zone

One user whose location was marked as Pripyat, a ghost-town near the former nuclear plant site, posted a revealing photo seemingly of herself in a radioactive suit. Another female visitor posted a picture of her unzipping a hazmat suit provocatively.

Taking to social media the show's creator Craig Mazin urged visitors to "comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed". The image has garnered comments calling the user, who has 3,922 followers, "repulsive", "disrespectful" and "disgusting".

Following the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant's RBMK reactor 33 years ago, a 2500-square-mile exclusion zone was established around the disaster site.

To be specific, having seen an nearly uninterrupted viewership climb from its May 6 debut to its sou l crushing June 3 finale, the widely acclaimed Craig Mazin-created historical drama has emerged with a cumulative audience of 8 million so far.

The tabloid also said that tourists have reportedly been visiting Chernobyl's risky radiation zone to party with large groups.

The company's website even features a still from HBO's "Chernobyl" that says, "As seen on HBO miniseries". It isn't safe to live there, but by signing up for a tour you can visit the area surrounding the power plant. A number of companies run tours to the 30-km exclusion zone around Chernobyl and Pripyat in Ukraine.

A deadly explosion happened at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 which caused almost 4000 deaths from the exposure to hazardous nuclear radiations, reported by WHO. The area was evacuated within weeks of the incident. Though official records show that 31 people died, the long-term death toll is estimated between 4000 and 93,000. 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. Moreover, Cancer rates spiked dramatically across Europe. Granted, the series didn't receive the most optimal time slot, given that it aired on Mondays, but viewers were apparently committed to catching up, and they did so to a greater degree on digital platforms like HBO Go and HBO Now than Thrones viewers did.



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