Supplied Editorial Chernobyl
Supplied Editorial Chernobyl

Sexy Chernobyl selfies slammed

SOCIAL media influencers have been slammed for snapping sexy selfies in the Chernobyl death zone.

According to The Sun, in recent days, snaps of a woman posing half naked in a G-string and a hazmet suit and another donning a helmet and white coat inside the nuclear plant control room have emerged online

 

Chernobyl is on the radar of influencers.
Chernobyl is on the radar of influencers.

The site of the world's worst nuclear disaster has become a lewd hotspot for Instagram influencers to capture the perfect selfie in light of the recent gripping Sky/HBO series Chernobyl.

The modern recount which tells the true story of the nuclear power plant's fallout has sparked a tourist boom.

But Craig Mazin, the writer of the series, took to Twitter to condemn tourist selfies.

"If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred here," he posted.

 

Instagrammer models are posing in the ruins of Chernobyl in a desperate bid for more followers. Picture: Instagram
Instagrammer models are posing in the ruins of Chernobyl in a desperate bid for more followers. Picture: Instagram

 

Others have criticised those posing for "insensitive" photos that disrespect the history and torment of the people who died or were forced to flee.

Commenters hit back online, describing the photos as "stupid" and "disrespectful in the extreme".

One person said: "People died there in a very horrific way - have some respect."

 

Instagrammers are flocking to Chernobyl to take sexy selfies wearing hazmat suits. Picture: Instagram
Instagrammers are flocking to Chernobyl to take sexy selfies wearing hazmat suits. Picture: Instagram

Another follower responded to a photo of Instagram user nz.nik posing with her bra and underwear, saying: "This photo is disrespectful to the people who lost their lives. How insensitive can you be?"

Others said the photos were "opportunistic" and "dumb".

 

The abandoned Chernobyl ferris wheel is popular for selfies. Picture: Instagram
The abandoned Chernobyl ferris wheel is popular for selfies. Picture: Instagram

 

All that remains since the 1986 catastrophic accident - which saw plumes of radioactive material decimate towns and animals nearby - is a haunting ghost town.

 

An Instagrammer posing with Chernobyl locals.
An Instagrammer posing with Chernobyl locals.


 

NUCLEAR DISASTER

An accident in the early hours of the morning of April 26 in 1986 led to a sudden and unexpected power surge and a series of explosions which released 400 times more radiation into the atmosphere than the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

 

The abandoned radar system near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Picture: Supplied
The abandoned radar system near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Picture: Supplied

 

More than 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

The blast was the equivalent of 500 nuclear bombs.

The final death toll caused by the disaster is unknown, and widely disputed, with United Nations figures claiming 4,000 people have died as a result of the accident at most.

 

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant, where the 1986 disaster killed dozens and poisoned thousands, is now a tourist destination made popular by Instagram. Picture: Getty Images
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant, where the 1986 disaster killed dozens and poisoned thousands, is now a tourist destination made popular by Instagram. Picture: Getty Images

There's no denying the horrifying impact the radiation had on the people living in Pripyat - the city founded in 1970 to serve the Chernobyl power plant.

The areas surrounding the power plant - 350,000 people - weren't evacuated until 36 hours after the explosion, and in the period since some five million people have been exposed to radiation, living on contaminated land in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

 

A tour guide with Chernobyl Tours, a company that offers visitors tours of the disaster zone. Picture: Instagram
A tour guide with Chernobyl Tours, a company that offers visitors tours of the disaster zone. Picture: Instagram

 

 

TOURISM BOOM

Bookings in the area are said to be up 40 per cent, according to local travel agencies.

Yuriy Morozov, 42, a tour guide in the area, told The Sun that more visitors than ever are flocking to the disaster zone.

The dad of two said: "People want to see Chernobyl for themselves after the TV show. They are fascinated."

A favourite spot for day trippers is an abandoned theme park, which was supposed to open a week after the disaster.

Its giant Ferris wheel is silhouetted against grey clouds and bumper cars rust and crumble.

 

Glamorous selfies near the deserted theme park ferris wheel are especially popular. Picture: Instagram
Glamorous selfies near the deserted theme park ferris wheel are especially popular. Picture: Instagram

 

RISE OF 'DARK TOURISM'

The unsavoury posts are part of a rise of "dark tourism" which sees tourists visit locations home to a dark past.

Tourists have also reportedly been visiting the dangerous Chernobyl radiation site to party at raves and enjoy group stag dos.

Though radiation levels have been passed safe for short periods inside the Exclusion Zone, hot spots still exist.

 

 

This story first appeared in The Sun and is republished with permission.

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