1952 London Inversion
- Not until the 1950s, when a four-day fog in 1952 killed
roughly 4,000 Londoners was any real reform passed.
- Parliament enacted the Clean Air Act in 1956, effectively
reducing the burning of coal. It was the beginning of serious air-pollution
reform in England.
How many people actually died?
- The accepted figure is that the London smog killed around
- The official reports published at the time used these
- However they count only the deaths during and for two weeks
after the smog.
- The reason this was done was that death rate returned to
normal at this time for a short while.
- However, there was a second peak in deaths and people
have since realized that the rates returning to normal was due to
registrations being delayed because of Christmas holidays.
- Deaths remained higher than normal for a long time after
- These delayed deaths add an extra 8000, bringing the total
number of people the smog killed up to 12,000.
- Many people nowadays accept this as the real figure for
deaths due to the London smog.
- Exactly how many people died as a result of the Great
London Smog can never be known.