On December 5, 1952, a poisonous smog killed 12,000 people in London

(ORDO NEWS) — On December 5, 1952, fog shrouded London. The temperature dropped to zero. Londoners burned more coal to keep warm.

The smoke mixed with the trapped air, forming a deadly mixture of carbon dioxide, hydrochloric acid and sulfur dioxide.

Dirty, poisoned air hung over lower London like a veil. But there was no panic. No warning about the danger of what is happening in the media. Many people, mostly old and vulnerable, suffocated.

On December 9, the wind finally blew and the smog dissipated. What happened was a real disaster, as a result of which 12,000 people died and more than 100,000 were injured.

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