London’s great smog, 1952

The great smog or also called Big Smoke was a severe air-pollution that affected London in December, 1952.

It was a period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless condition, collected airborne pollutants mostly from use of coal from a thick layer of smog over the city.

It lasted 5 days and total number of fatalities was 12.000, with 4.000 victims who died during this smog period that is remembered by every citizen of London.




(NYT4) LONDON -- Aug. 11, 2003 -- SCI-LONDON-SMOG -- Outside the Bank of England, an officer keeping traffic moving through the Great Smog of London. The Great Smog of 1952 illustrates the continuing danger of airborne pollutants known as particulate matter, for which environmental officials in the United States are considering new regulations, experts say. (The New York Times)Credit: New York Times / Redux / eyevineCredit: New York Times / Redux / eyevine For further information please contact eyevine tel: +44 (0) 20 8709 8709 e-mail:








Achtung AP hat das Bild auf 1962 datiert, richtig ist 1952 Double-decker buses circle the Prince Albert statue at Holborn Circus in London, England, in the smog at night on Dec. 6, 1962.  The heavy smog, caused by coal-fired heating and burning gasoline in motor vehicles, has claimed 106 lives this year.  Over the last four days, 67 lives have been lost with more than a hundred people hospitalized.  In the background is the newly-built Daily Mirror building.  (AP Photo) Doppeldeckerbusse umkreisen die Prince-Albert-Statue am Holborn Circus in London in der Nacht des 6. Dezember 1952 während der großen Smogkatastrophe. Im Hintergrund ist das neue Gebäude des "Daily Mirror" zu sehen.