A chronology of explosions in historic areas of London

The Associated Press

Timeline and topography of four terrorist blasts. Times listed are local; London is five hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.

- 8:51 a.m.: Blast catches subway train between Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations, on the eastern fringe of London's financial district. Seven died, police said.

Moorgate is named for one of the gates in the city walls of London, of which few traces remain. Some people caught in the blast emerged from the Aldgate Station, near Jack the Ripper's old haunts in Whitechapel.

- 8:56 a.m.: Blast catches a second train deep underground between the King's Cross and Russell Square stations. Police said 21 died.

King's Cross station, in one of the seediest parts of London, is the film setting for Platform 9 3/4 in the Harry Potter films.Russell Square station serves Bloomsbury, the early 20th-century literary hotbed where Virginia Woolf and luminaries lived. The British Museum is a short walk away.

- 9:17 a.m.: Explosion as train enters Edgeware Road station. Five died in an explosion involving two or perhaps three trains, police said. Edgware Road is the heart of a thriving Arab community, and convenient to Hyde Park, scene of last weekend's Live 8 concert.

- 9:47 a.m.: Double-decker bus torn apart by explosion near Russell Square, an area of many modestly priced hotels popular with tourists and close to the British Museum. Also nearby is the home where Charles Dickens lived from 1837 to 1839.

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