Influencers cause controversy by posing in Chernobyl to gain followers


Considered as the most disastrous nuclear power plant accident in history, both in terms of victims and economic costs, the so-called Chernobyl disaster, which occurred on April 26, 1986, has become, following the appearance of the Serie Chernobyl of the HBO television system, in an attraction for influencers of social networks.

Without the necessary protection to visit the various areas of the perimeter affected by radiation from the explosion of the RBMK nuclear reactor, the young tourists pose either next to the plant of Prípiat, located in the north of Ukraine, which at that time was part of the the Soviet Union (USSR); along with animals of the area or even some settlers who at the time had no where to go and remained in the place despite everything.

Because most of these adventurous network users probably did not even live when the fatal accident that has still cost thousands of lives happened, nowadays the discussion in the network is focused on whether their strategy of visiting and exhibiting in different Chernobyl places is a lack of respect for those who suffered - or continue to suffer - the consequences of the disaster.

Fukushima, in Japan in 2011, and Chernobyl are considered as the only two nuclear power accidents classified as a serious level accident, according to the International Nuclear Events Scale, and despite the fact that the total number of victims is still an issue not determined, the Organization of the United Nations estimates that the radiation killed four thousand people; while Greenpeace reports up to 200 thousand cases.

By these numbers, serious if they are one or the other, the discussion about the new Chernobyl boom, caused by the series of five chapters dealing with the explosion of reactor 4 of the plant located in Prípiat, has been so controversial.

And although today you can visit Chernobyl and its surroundings through programs and guided visits by specialized agencies, the two thousand 600 kilometers evacuated by the nuclear accident, as well as the people and animals that still live there, continue to suffer consequences of the radiation.

In the exclusion zone, tourists must even wear masks or special anti-radiation suits, in addition to carrying radiation meters. At the end of the tour, visitors go through a scanner to make sure they have not been contaminated, rules that -apparently- judging from the photographs that the influencers They share in their accounts, they have been omitted by ignoring the seriousness of the event and its consequences.

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