Cause And Effects Of The World Trade Center

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The World Trade Center was a hub for economic growth and power until September 11th, 2001. The terror attack on September 11th was an event that no American will ever forget. For those involved the attack it is more than a memory. The attack on the World Trade Center caused respiratory illness and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in people that were involved in the attack as well those who assisted in rescue and clean up.
The World Trade Center (WTC) was located on the lower side of Manhattan, New York. The WTC complex consisted of 7 buildings that that were located in the Financial District of New York. The most famous buildings in the WTC were the Twin Towers, or buildings 1 and 2. The buildings were 110 stories (1,368 feet tall)
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Therefore when the both of the towers collapsed it released dust and drywall that was not intended to be breathed in. Since the WTC towers were built in 1970 there was asbestos that was located inside the building. Back then the serious threat of asbestos in the air was not known. The people that were close to the collapse of the towers breathed in a large amount of fumes that were potentially dangerous to the body. People near the collapse of the WTC now suffer from problems with their lungs (Mann). The main problems the workers and residents have with their lungs are that they have asthma. One in ten Registry enrollees developed new-onset asthma within six years of the collapse (9/11 Health). According to Mayo Clinic asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. Reggie Hilaire who was a rookie cop during September 11, 2001, never thought that he would get asthma because of breathing in the dust. He says asthma currently runs his life “I always have to make sure I have my inhaler in case of a sudden asthma attack (More than 1,100 Have Cancer after 9/11). There are many symptoms of asthma a few of them are: shortness of breath, chest tightness; trouble sleeping caused by coughing, and a wheezing sound when exhaling (Asthma). Unfortunately people that were not at ground zero but had physical contact with the debris also have lung problems. Because dust traveled into the air it progressed into the surrounding boroughs. People that lived in Lower Manhattan who did not evacuate their homes during the collapse of the towers have dust induced asthma (9/11 Health). Residents in Lower Manhattan did not believe that the dust would affect them. When the towers were collapsing the dust traveled to Lower Manhattan and entered the air vents on the roofs of the buildings. The dust eventually got into people 's apartments without even knowing.

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