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Collapse of the World Trade Center
The collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City occurred as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, after the buildings were struck by two hijacked commercial airliners. The North Tower was hit at 8:46 am and collapsed at 10:28 am. The South Tower was hit at 9:03 am and collapsed at 9:59 am. The resulting debris severely damaged or destroyed more than a dozen other adjacent and nearby structures, ultimately leading to the collapse of Seven World Trade Center at 5:21 pm.

This picture, taken four days after the collapse, shows a New York City fireman calling for ten more rescue workers to make their way into the rubble of the World Trade Center.Photograph credit: Preston Keres; retouched by Lise Broer