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Selfies from the disaster zone: how the HBO series changed Chernobyl tourism

Sep 06, 2019 - 5:36 PM

'They do not need information anymore, they just want to take a selfie,' says the Chernobyl plant tour guide on a new generation of tourists flocking to the disaster site for photos and 'not learning'

HBO's 'Chernobyl' sparks tours, stokes fears in Lithuania

Aug 19, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Lithuania is getting a lot of tourist visits after the show 'Chernobyl' was filmed in the country

People take part in a guided tour inside the inoperative Ignalina nuclear power plant in Visaginas, Lithuania, on July 31, 2019. - Fans of HBO's hit series "Chernobyl", detailing the world's worst nuclear disaster, can get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Emmy-nominated TV drama by taking a new tour of its set at a Soviet-era reactor in Lithuania. (Photo by Petras Malukas / AFP)

'I'm no hero' says Chernobyl diver portrayed in hit TV series

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Oleksiy Ananenko is one of 3 men who helped avert an even greater disaster after the worst nuclear accident in history

HERO. Oleksiy Ananenko, one of 3 men who helped avert an even greater disaster after the worst nuclear accident in history, gestures as he speaks to an AFP journalist in Kiev on June 7, 2019. Photo by Anatolii Stepanov/ AFP

'Chernobyl' TV series reaps praise, criticism in Russia

Jun 07, 2019 - 3:57 PM

Russian audiences praised the series for what they said was its eerie accuracy

The week in photos: April 21-27, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 4:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (L) turns to wave at the media as she is lead in with her brother Prince George of Cambridge (R) by their father Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, to visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their new-born son. Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT)," the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Going home to Chernobyl ghost town 32 years on

Apr 27, 2018 - 12:01 AM

All the inhabitants of Pripyat, a town of nearly 50,000 built just two kilometers from the plant to house its employees, were evacuated the day after the world's worst nuclear disaster

GHOST TOWN. Natalia Shevchuk stands near a radioactive sign on April 23, 2018 in the ghost town of Pripyat, as she is revisiting her childhood home 32 years after the Chernobyl disaster. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Ukraine, Belarus leaders mark Chernobyl anniversary

Apr 26, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko calls the explosion and its dire aftermath an unhealing wound with which we as a people live with

THE UNHEALING WOUND. This aerial shot shows the membrane that is being built to keep the radiation from Chernobyl from leaking out. Photo from Twitter account of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Ukraine moves giant new safety dome over Chernobyl

Nov 29, 2016 - 9:20 PM

The 2 1 billion euro 2 2 billion structure sponsored by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD has been put into place over an existing crumbling dome that the Soviets built in haste when disaster struck 3 decades ago

ENTOMBED. A picture taken on November 29, 2016 through a fence shows Chernobyl's New Safe Confinement covering the destroyed 4th block of Chernobyl Nuclear power plant during the inauguration ceremony. Sergei Supinsky/AFP

30 years on, Ukraine remembers Chernobyl catastrophe

Apr 26, 2016 - 8:05 PM

There was crying and screaming says a resident as she recalls the day the world s worst nuclear accident occurred

epa05277521 Ukrainians light candles near the memorial for 'liquidators' who died during cleaning up works after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, during a ceremony in Slavutich city, some 190 km north of the capital Kiev, Ukraine, early 26 April 2016. In the early hours of 26 April 1986 the Unit 4 reactor at the Chernobyl power station blew apart. Facing nuclear disaster on unprecedented scale Soviet authorities tried to contain the situation by sending thousands of ill-equipped men into a radioactive maelstrom. The men barely lasted more than a few weeks suffering lingering painful deaths. The explosion of Unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is still regarded the biggest accident in the history of nuclear power generation. Ukrainians mark the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl's tragedy on 26 April 2016. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Ukraine to mark 30 years since Chernobyl shook the world

Apr 20, 2016 - 10:22 AM

30 years later the number of people who died in those chilling days and subsequent years from radiation poisoning remains a matter of intense dispute

DANGER ZONE. A general view shows the old protective shelter (R), which was mounted in 1986 over the remains of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and the new one (L) in Chernobyl, Ukraine, April 11, 2016. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Defying radiation, elderly residents cling on in Chernobyl

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:30 PM

158 people still live in the exclusion zone in Chernobyl Ukraine – site of the world s worst nuclear accident

Yevgeny Markevich, 78, looks out from the gate of his yard in Chernobyl on April 8, 2016.  The sturdy 78-year-old former teacher is among 158 people still living in the 30 kilometre (19 mile) exclusion zone around the Ukrainian nuclear power plant where reactor number four exploded on April 26, 1986. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKY

Why revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant?

Jan 10, 2016 - 10:57 AM

Pro nuclear energy advocates say reviving the mothballed plant is a cheaper alternative

The facade of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in Morong. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Ukraine marks 29 years since Chernobyl disaster

Apr 26, 2015 - 8:37 PM

Ukrainians marks 29 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster laying wreaths and candles near the plant where work to lay a new seal over the reactor site has been delayed

GROUND ZERO. A picture taken through the windows of a van shows a general view of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, 21 April 2015. Roman Pilpey/EPA

3 things you can do on Earth Day and beyond

Apr 22, 2015 - 11:12 AM

If people nature and the economy can all coexist harmoniously towards sustainable development then humanity will have a chance to survive on Earth

'Snow White' takes bite out of N. America box office

Jun 04, 2012 - 6:43 AM

Starring Charlie Theron Snow White and the Huntsman earns US 56 3 B over the weekend

'SNOW WHITE' PREMIERE. (L-R) Producer Joe Roth, actors Sam Claflin, Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders arrive at a screening of Universal Pictures' "Snow White and The Huntsman" at the Village Theatre on May 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP