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Great Smog


What it was like during London's Great Smog of 1952 - archive video


5th December 1952: The Great Smog of London begins


London's Great Smog, 1952


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The Smog Menace (1953)

The Great Smog of London, or Great Smog of 1952, was a severe air-pollution event that affected the British capital of London in early December 1952. A period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless conditions, collected airborne pollutants—mostly arising from the use of coal—to form a thick layer of smog over the city. It lasted from Friday, 5 December to Tuesday, 9 December 1952 and then dispersed quickly when the weather changed.
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