Selfies at Chernobyl: Why We Love Dark Tourism

HBO's miniseries has had an unexpected consequence: a nuclear disaster zone is now a hot tourist destination.

Chernobyl Photo by Gerhard Reus (Unsplash)

When the RBMK nuclear power reactor exploded in the Chernobyl Power Plant's 4th unit, triggering a flood of radioactivity that would devastate the areas surrounding the site beyond repair, it's unlikely that anyone who heard about the disaster imagined that the site would become a tourist trap.

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