On December 9, 1952 – 66 years in the past immediately – a mix of smoke and fog that killed hundreds lastly lifted over London.
A thick chilly fog had settled over the town 4 days earlier, trapping soiled smoke from the coal fires most residents relied on for heat.
The damaging smog turned day into evening, grinding floor transportation nearly to a halt, and sending hundreds to the hospital.
A fortuitous wind largely cleared the air on December ninth, however by then, the harm was achieved. The smog killed some 4,000 folks inside three weeks, and as many as 12,000 extra are estimated to have died from its lingering results.
Britain responded by tightening laws on air air pollution.
Although London’s air is by-and-large cleaner and safer now, smoggy days often nonetheless return … a flashback maybe for older Londoners for whom the recollections of the 1952 “blackout” are something however dim.
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Story produced by Justin Hayter.