Killer smog claims elderly victims


Killer smog hovered over Donora, Pennsylvania, on October 29, 1948. Over a five-day period, the smog killed about 20 people and made thousands more seriously ill. Donora was a town of 14,000 people on the Monongahela River in a valley surrounded by hills. The town was …read more

In the aftermath, air pollution finally became a matter of public concern; the incident led to the passage of 1955 Clean Air Act. The Donora Zinc Works shuttered operations in 1957.

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Killer smog claims elderly victims

AuthorHistory.com Editors

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HISTORY

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https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/killer-smog-claims-elderly-victims

Access Date

October 29, 2022

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A&E Television Networks

Last Updated

October 28, 2019

Original Published Date

November 13, 2009

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