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Chernobyl nuclear site becomes Instagram hit after HBO miniseries debut

Nuclear sites are apparently the hottest spot for your next photo shoot.

June 8, 2019
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Instagram influencers are a ridiculous part of society and even the Chernobyl nuclear site isn’t safe from their photo shoots.

Ever since HBO miniseries Chernobyl dropped, the actual Chernobyl nuclear test site in Ukraine has become a hot spot for tourists.

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A quick search through the social media site reveals a collection of tourists and influencers posing around the abandoned ruins. Some shots even reveal some NSFW photo shoots took place there including a young woman seen taking off what looks like a protective suit.


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Прип‘ять. Наймолодше місто Радянського Союзу. Місто-мрія. Два роки роботи – і в тебе квартира в новобудові. Не у якійсь там хрущовці, а сучасна, з заскленим балконом! А поряд річка, великий магазин, схожий на західні супермаркети, будинок культури, ресторани, кінотеатр, басейн, а для дітей – велика школа та дитсадок… До того ж зарплати хороші, а ще можна путівку в санаторій отримати, бо ти ж на атомній станції працюєш, а це почесно! Але… Трохи брехні + одна помилка – і ця казка лишилася десь в минулому. Нині там, де раніше ступали люди, – господарює природа. Прип‘ять перетворилася з казки в жах, а Чорнобиль став вироком тоталітарному режиму.

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A disaster tour company told Reuters they’ve had a 40 percent increase in bookings since the HBO series premiered in May. Others are reporting similar increases. While it seems like a morbid spot for photos, there doesn’t appear to be much risk from the radiation.

One tour guide insists visitors are safe from lingering radiation levels.

“During the entire visit to the Chernobyl exclusion zone, you get around two microsieverts, which is equal to the amount of radiation you’d get staying at home for 24 hours,” says the guide.

Would you go visit the Chernobyl nuclear site? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by Joe Smith-Engelhardt