Mike Brant
What- Severe pollution in the air, from a think layer of coal smog.

When- Event Occurred in December of 1952. From Friday the 5th to Tuesday the 9th.

Why- This was a result of a period of cold weather combined with anticyclone conditions, and pollution in the air in the form of smog from a high amount of coal use.

Result- The smog disappeared after Tuesday the 9th mainly because of a change in the weather.


London Killer Fog (1880-1892)
Kyle Edwards

In the mist of the Industrial Revolution, the citizens of London had not yet experienced the toll of pollution from burning coal. Factories and homes had been burring coal for years in order to provide heat and power. On the 26th of January, 1880 a thick, slow moving fog draped over the city. The fog consisted of a toxic mix of sulfur dioxide and combustion partials. It stayed in London for a total of three days, and took approximately 11,776 lives. Although the fog horrified those in the city, nothing drastic was done to prevent these kinds of acts from happening until much later. Fog came back to London in February 1882, December 1891, December 1892 and November 1948 killed thousands. It wasn’t until 1952 that people began to act in prevention. In this year, another great fog came to London, this one just as deadly as the on in 1880. It limited visibility not only in streets, but in the homes of citizens. This fog was responsible for approximately 12,000 deaths, and led to the Clean Air Act in 1956.

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