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The Great Smog of London

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 19, 2011

In December 1952, a thick smog settled over London for several days. This was a particularly bad episode of the London Fog, which was hardly a natural occurrence…the “fog” was mostly due to the burning of soft coal. It is now thought that the Great Smog resulted in around 12,000 deaths.

Here’s a collection of photos of the smog, including this daytime shot.

London smog

That dim greyish-orange ball in the sky is the Sun.

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