the great smog


London, 1952 … The city get covered in thick fog. These aren’t scenes from a horror hollywood movie.

The big fog of 1952 was actually a major air pollution event that happened in London during December 1952. A combination of cold weather and no wind situation caused airborne particles – mostly coal – to form a thick layer of fog around the city. It lasted for five days and then vanished when the weather changed.

Although it caused disruption due to the effect on visibility, even going into households, It was not counted as a major event at the time. Evidently, after the event, It seemed around 4000 people died prematurely and 100,000 more became sick due to the polluted fog’s effects on the respiratory tract.

Most of the fog’s victims were very young children, elderly or had former problems with the respiratory tract.

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