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Chernobyl has become an unlikely tourist destination after HBO aired a mini-series dedicated to the nuclear disaster that took place there.

According to Sergei Ivanchuk, a man who helps to organise visits to the Ukranian Exclusion Zone, trips to the morbid location have soared.

Tour bookings surged by 30% in May 2019, compared to the same month last year.

There has also been an increase in interest over the next three months.

Even though the programme was only released weeks ago, tour operators are already trying to cash in on it.

One company is offering a “HBO Chernobyl” tour that stops off in the locations mentioned in the series.

This includes the basement of the nuclear power plant, medical unit of Pripyat and the fire department.

The website states: “The HBO Chernobyl series has raised a big wave of interest in the Chernobyl theme around the world.

“(We have) prepared a special tour for you, revealing to the secrets and real stories of the events that occurred.

“You will visit the real locations of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, displayed in the series Chernobyl from HBO.”

While Chernobyls Exclusion Zone has been open to the public for a decade, you can only enter if you book a guided tour.

As scientists believe it wont be safe to live in the 770-mile Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for a few hundred years, it would be risky visiting today.

While some book trips to the ghost city to learn more about the tragedy that occurred there, it seems that some head there for Instagram photo opportunities.

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