'Chernobyl' creator asks tourists to show respect at disaster site

The abandoned power plant. Credit PA

The abandoned power plant. Credit PA

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 awful tragedy occurred there". If you visit, please remember that a bad tragedy occurred there. 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. The image has garnered comments calling the user, who has 3,922 followers, "repulsive", "disrespectful" and "disgusting".

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. Greenpeace later estimated up to 200,000 fatalities, taking further health problems connected to the disaster into account.

Authorities imposed a 30km exclusion zone around the reactor, including the city of Pripyat, once home to 50,000 people.

The Chernobyl site opened to tourists in 2011 but there are still some heavily contaminated areas that are off limits.

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The five-part series tells the story of the missteps and mismanagement that led to the accident.

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

While travellers are permitted to visit Chernobyl with a guide, there is no official Ukrainian law in place authorizing tourism in the 30km exclusion zone.

In 2015, Malaysia fined four foreign hikers after they took naked photos at the top of Mount Kinabalu, which is considered sacred.

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