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Please Stop Taking Nuclear Instagram Thirst Shots, Creator Of 'Chernobyl' Asks

The creator of HBO's hit show Chernobyl has asked people to "comport yourselves with respect" when visiting the nuclear disaster site.

Since the release of the series, tour operators in Ukraine have reported a 40 percent increase in interest at the site of the infamous nuclear disaster, with visitors from far and wide eager to visit the abandoned town of Pripyat.

However, this has also led to many Instagram users taking 'glamour shots', with the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history as their backdrop.

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Influencer and swimwear founder Julia Baessler is the biggest name taking part, but other accounts are also posting photos from the site, including one with what appears to be a hazmat suit falling off a near-naked woman's body.

Creator Craig Mazin has asked people to please consider the tragic events that took place at Chernobyl before stripping off.

"It's wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion," he tweeted.

"But yes, I've seen the photos going around."

"If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred there. Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed."

The Chernobyl Zone guest code asks visitors to "remember human sufferings and victims, and behave accordingly".

That includes not leaving rubbish, not vandalising the town, and generally, behaving in a respectful manner.

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Baessler, who has 319k Instagram followers, appears to have deleted her photos from the abandoned town's carnival, but has left her photos from inside the control room -- complete with white coat, hard hat and face mask -- up.

Contact the author: abrucesmith@networkten.com.au