The first World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, New York City, was destroyed during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks after being hit by two hijacked commercial airliners. The North Tower of One World Trade Center (WTC 1) was hit at 8:46 a.m. Eastern time and collapsed at 10:28 a.m. The South Tower of WTC 1 had just been completed a few months before as a replacement for the original building which was destroyed in the 1993 bombing. It too was hit by one of the aircraft and collapsed at 10:31 a.m.
The destruction of both towers is considered to be a single event- the collapse of each tower was followed by an explosion that spread debris over a wide area. More than 100 firefighters were killed when the second plane hit the South Tower. Total deaths among those working at the site were 2261.
The collapse of WTC 1 caused an automatic alarm to sound at nine other buildings across New York City, including the Twin Towers. However, none of these other buildings subsequently collapsed.
The cause of the rapid descent of WTC 1 is not fully known but may have involved the failure of critical structural supports. Some observers have suggested that fire may have brought down the building, but this argument lacks support from fire experts who have concluded that no evidence points toward arson as a cause of the disaster.
The World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City The first World Trade Center was a seven-building complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States. It first opened on April 4, 1973, and was destroyed after the September 11th attacks in 2001. The Twin Towers—the original 1 World—had fallen at the time of its completion after being deliberately attacked by two commercial passenger aircraft during the September 11 attacks. On 9/11, al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial planes, two of which crashed into the Twin Towers. The other two planes were driven by their pilots into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania, where they too were destroyed. Between the hours of 10:30 and 10:45 A.M., three more airplanes struck within close proximity of one another near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. They too were hijacked by terrorists and used as weapons against America. Out of respect for the victims of these attacks, media outlets around the world stopped broadcasting during the memorial services held for those who died.
The terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, killed 2,977 people, including all staff members aboard American Airlines Flight 11, American Airlines Flight 77, and United Airlines Flight 93. In addition, there were 125 people injured. The perpetrators were Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda.
Why did the terrorists strike? According to the Saudi government, it was because of American involvement in the Gulf War. However, this is not confirmed by any other source. Some experts believe that the attacks were meant to scare Americans into giving up fighting terrorism abroad so that al-Qaeda could carry out more attacks inside the U.S.
The North Tower of One World Trade Center (WTC 1) was hit at 8:46 a.m. The South Tower of the World Trade Center (WTC 2) was hit at 9:03 a.m. and fell at 9:59 a.m. More than a dozen more neighboring or nearby structures were badly damaged or destroyed as a consequence of the debris.
WTC 1 was the first building to fall after the attacks.
Almost 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The death toll included over 1,500 civilians on both sides of the Atlantic and approximately 400 police officers.
The terrorist attack was carried out by 19 men who belonged to or were supported by al-Qaeda. They used commercial airliners as missiles, killing all on board.
The main objective of the attackers was to kill as many Americans as possible in order to destroy our economy and deprive us of the possibility to fight back against our enemies.
The terrorists chose to target only major cities because they knew that large numbers of citizens would be there on a Saturday morning - the first day of school plus Labor Day weekend would bring millions of people into Manhattan alone.
After the attacks, American forces invaded Afghanistan and removed the Taliban government that had provided support to the terrorists.
After each tower collapsed, it burned for more than an hour before burning completely.
People living in office buildings near the site reported hearing two explosions about ten minutes apart. These were the collapses of the Twin Towers.
It is believed that many people escaped from the two towers before they collapsed because fire alarms were heard in nearby rooms. Some witnesses said they saw people running out of the towers with luggage in hand.
After the first explosion, smoke poured out of both towers for more than an hour. Firefighters on the scene did not know what had caused the explosions or the fires. They rushed to save as many people as they could.
There were no reports of any survivors after either tower collapsed.
The total loss of life amounted to 3,000 people.
One World Trade Center opened in 2014. It is now the tallest building in New York City and the United States. The former World Trade Center site has become a memorial to the victims of 9/11.
The North Tower The North Tower of One World Trade Center WTC
Al-Qaeda leaders declared war on America because it supported the military campaigns of both Israel and Russia against Islamic militants in Afghanistan and Chechnya. Osama Bin Laden also believed that American economic policies were responsible for causing poverty around the world, and that its intervention in Iraq had violated Islam's prohibition of aggression.
Jihad means "struggle" or "effort" and refers to the struggle between good and evil, faith and heresy, religion and secularism. It is also used to describe an individual's effort to improve himself or herself through prayer, meditation, and good works. The term is often used by Muslims to justify their fight against oppression or injustice.
Two thousand one was a year of many firsts for New York City.
On November 3, 2014, One World Trade Center will formally open in Manhattan. The rebuilt skyscraper, along with the remainder of the World Trade Center complex, replaced the Twin Towers and surrounding complex, which were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The opening ceremony was held at the base of the tower's spire, which at 1,776 feet (541 m), is the tallest freestanding structure in New York.
In addition to being one of the world's most visible buildings, the One World Trade Center tower has become an important symbol for hope and recovery after the 9/11 attacks. The building was designed by British architect David M. Stein, and construction began in 2004. It was completed in spring 2013, more than 13 years after beginning. The total cost of construction was estimated at $3 billion.
One World Trade Center is part of a larger redevelopment of downtown Manhattan called "Ground Zero". The site was once home to two huge office towers that were destroyed on 9/11, killing approximately 2,700 people. The new One World Trade Center replaces these structures with a 1,776-foot-tall (541 m) spire, as well as a 328-room hotel, 442 apartments, and several other shops and restaurants.
The building is now the second-highest point in New York City, behind only the Statue of Liberty.