September 8, 2002, Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland) , "Witness: September 11 tribute Remains of a day of devastation; The world's fifth and sixth tallest buildings were crushed into 1.6 million tons of smoking concrete and steel, a tomb for 2801 innocent victims. The statistics compiled during the painstaking recovery operation tell their own horrific story,"
[Also published in Time Magazine: http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101020909/anumbers.html ]
6 years, 8 months
Time it took to build the World Trade Center, from 1966 to 1973.
1 hour, 42 minutes
Time it took to destroy the towers, from the first impact to the second collapse.
Speed at which a Boeing 707 could hit the towers but still not destroy them, under the official engineering plan.
475 mph and 595 mph
Estimated flight speeds of the two Boeing 767 jets which hit the towers.
Magnitude on the Richter scale of the earthquake-like tremor caused by Flight 11 hitting the North Tower.
Magnitude of the tremor caused by the collapse of the North Tower.
980 degrees C
Estimated temperature of the fires ignited by the jet fuel.
550 degrees C
Temperature at which steel loses half its strength. It melts at about 1370 degrees C.
Police officers killed - 37 Port Authority and 23 NYPD.
New York firefighters killed; 60 were off duty.
Cantor Fitzgerald employees killed.
Bystanders killed by falling debris.
Body parts recovered from the site; 4598 have been identified.
Tons of gold recovered from the Bank of Nova Scotia vault (current value; pounds 79million).
Auguste Rodin sculptures recovered from the rubble.
Rings among the 65,000 personal items recovered from Ground Zero. Other items include 437 watches, 77 necklaces, 119 earrings and 80 bracelets.
Autographed baseballs found.
People who escaped the South Tower from above the floors where the plane hit.
People who escaped the North Tower from above the floors where the plane hit.
Survivors found in rubble: 12 firefighters, three police officers, three civilians. All were found by September 12.
Bomb threats phoned in to police in New York City on September 11.
Looting arrests in New York on September 11.
pounds 2.6billion to pounds 4billion
Expected total payout of government compensation to victims' families.
Government estimate of the value of a 25-year-old man with one child, earning pounds 35,000 a year at the time of his death.
Average payment to first 25 families who applied.
The number of vehicles crushed under the falling towers. They ended up in a mound at Staten Island's Fresh Kills landfill.
76 per cent
New York school pupils who reported that, six months later, they still thought frequently about September 11.
Estimated number of tourists who will have visited Ground Zero by the end of this year.
American flags sold by Wal-Mart on September 11, 2000.
American flags sold by Wal-Mart on September 11, 2001.
"Witness: September 11 tribute Remains of a day of devastation; The world's fifth and sixth tallest buildings were crushed into 1.6 million tons of smoking concrete and steel, a tomb for 2801 innocent victims. The statistics compiled during the painstaking recovery operation tell their own horrific story.(Witness September 11 tribute)." Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland). 2002. HighBeam Research. (October 3, 2010). http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-91181969.html