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After the HBO mini-series Chernobyl — a chilling recreation of the 1986 nuclear disaster — many viewers had the same question: is the Chernobyl exclusion zone open to visitors?

It is, and tourism is booming as a result of the show. After the explosion of the nuclear power plant 33 years ago, a 6500sq km exclusion zone was established around the disaster site. Radiation levels are nowhere near where they were in 1986, but the vegetation, buildings, and wildlife in and around the town of Pripyat, Ukraine, are still radioactive.

Victor Korol, director of tour company SoloEast, said

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