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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 neighbours it for themselves. 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. 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.
He plays Glukhov, the chief of miners working in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster.
North Korea could be on the verge of a nuclear disaster, a top physicist has warned, ahead of talks between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, that saw a nuclear power plant go into meltdown before exploding and sending lethal dust into the air. A staggering 56,700 square miles of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia was covered by the fallout, forcing hundreds of thousands of residents to leave their homes for good in what is, to date, the world’s worst nuclear accident. Today, a 25-mile exclusion zone around the plant still remains, but life still goes on for those who remained or returned to the nearby area since the devastating accident.
<p>The town of Pripyat was built in the 1970s - a perfect example of the model Soviet town, housing the families of the workers for the nearby Chernobyl nuclear plant.</p><p>Now it is abandoned and crumbling within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. </p><p>On 26 April 1986, the meltdown of Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant led to the worst civilian nuclear accident in history.</p><p>Poisonous radiation spewed from the plant into the surrounding landscape, contaminating the area and destroying the lives of the citizens.</p><p>Authorities evacuated approximately 43,000 people from Pripyat in the days following the disaster, and the city, with its high-rise apartment buildings, hospital, shops, schools, restaurants, cultural center and sports facilities, has remained a ghost town ever since. </p>