The success of a U.S. television miniseries examining the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl has driven up the number of tourists wanting to see the plant and the ghostly abandoned town that neighbors it for themselves, writes Reuters.
One Chernobyl tour agency reported a 40 % rise in trip bookings since the series, made by HBO, began in May and which has attracted outstanding reviews.
English-language tours usually cost around 100 USD per person.
Last April marked the 33rd anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in then-Soviet Ukraine, caused by a botched safety test in the fourth reactor of the atomic plant that sent clouds of nuclear material across much of Europe. The HBO miniseries depicts the explosion’s aftermath, the vast clean-up operation, and the subsequent inquiry.