Air Quality Index reading of 102 was the highest LSE has recorded since they began measuring in May.
Seemed to spread east and west along the river, inviting comparisons with “chlorine meets TCP/Dettol meets battery acid” near Waterloo Bridge and prompting Billy Kingsmill in East Ham to demand: “What the eff is it?”
The air quality in London right now is "unhealthy". It's so bad that you can smell it. AQI 102 is the highest we've recorded @LSEGeography since we began measuring in May. #airpollution #airquality @CleanAirLondon pic.twitter.com/GdfV371ZEr
— Dr Thomas Smith (@DrTELS) October 10, 2018
Londoners have complained about a “vile chlorine smell” which swept across parts of the capital and reportedly left people needing inhalers and others with stinging eyes.
London School of Economics (LSE) assistant professor Dr. Thomas Smith said that Wednesday’s air quality was “unhealthy” and “so bad that you can smell it”.
Lana Preston, 51, of Bermondsey, told the BBC she is worried it might be “something hazardous or poisonous”.
Why does the London air smell like chlorine today tf
— noman (@uewou) October 10, 2018
London is misty. And smells of disinfectant. Can anyone else notice the smell, or is it just us around our office that can smell it? #waterloo
— MrsStocksy (@MrsStocksy) October 10, 2018
I thought it was bleach. There’s a strange chemical smell near John Orwell sports centre.
— Richard Gendal Brown (@gendal) October 10, 2018
Here at last – the Titan Arum or 'corpse flower' has bloomed in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Its 3m tall and it's tuber weighs 118kg – our biggest yet! It has one of the foulest odours in the plant kingdom (which attracts pollinators), but will only last for 48 hours… pic.twitter.com/rPjzIqYtBq
— Kew Gardens (@kewgardens) October 10, 2018