GROUND Zero is where New York City’s famous landscape changed forever after the 9/11 attacks.

Here is a brief on the location where the tragedy unfolded exactly 18 years ago.

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Rescue workers at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attack
New York National Guard

What is Ground Zero?

Ground Zero is where the World Trade Center stood in New York City before terrorists hijacked airliners and crashed the jets into two towers on September 11, 2001.

They were part of a complex of seven buildings, all of which were destroyed when the skyscrapers collapsed.

Nearly 3,000 died here.

After the collapse of the World Trade Center people began referring to the site as Ground Zero.

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A view of construction at the World Trade Center site on May 5, 2011, in New York City
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Where is Ground Zero?

Ground Zero is a 14.6-acre area in Lower Manhattan in New York City.

The site is bounded by Vesey Street to the north, the West Side Highway to the west, Liberty Street to the south, and Church Street to the east.

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One World Trade Center memorial for those whose lives were lost
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What does Ground Zero mean?

Ground Zero originated as a term to describe the site of a nuclear explosion and later was used to refer to the point of any dramatic or violent event.

New Yorkers started calling the World Trade Center site Ground Zero shortly after suicide hijackers destroyed the Twin Towers and killed nearly 3,000 people.

For several years the site was also known as “the pit” because reconstruction of a new World Trade Center was stalled, leaving a large hole in the ground.

But now it is an active construction site with two of four planned skyscrapers under construction and the memorial plaza opened in time for the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

 

Why is it now called the World Trade Center site?

The renaming came after the New York mayor Michael Bloomberg urged the city to move past a term long linked with the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers destruction.

Seventeen years after the terrorist attack, it has been replaced by a rebuilt complex which opened in 2014.

The centrepiece is One World Trade Center which is a 1,368ft skyscraper.


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