Harry Kalas Puts 9/11 into Words

I won't pretend to be able to add anything of value today, nor will I try to, but here's video that was played several times by Comcast SportsNet this week: Harry Kalas on September 17th, the Phillies' first game after the tragedy.

Reader Michael Hochman has put together a list of the staggering numbers of 9/11. You can read it after the jump. That's it, sports for the rest of the day.

 

 

Michael Hochman

I compiled this poetic essay of 9/11 statistics to be more than just a list of 9/11 statistics. I first posted this in 2009, updated today with new stats, and have posted every year on 9/11. The statistics come from various sources, compiled and edited as prose by me. Please feel free to share and redistribute. – Michael Hochman, of Pennsylvania, American. 

The attacks of September 11, 2001, resulted in a total of 2,977 fatalities: 2,606 in and around the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan, 125 working in the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia, and 246 on the four airplanes: 87 on American 11 and 59 on United 175 in New York, 59 on American 77 in suburban Washington, and 40 on United 93 in a field in Somerset County Pennsylvania. 

1,366 people died at and above the floors of impact in the North Tower of the World Trade Center, over 600 people were killed at and above the floors of impact in the South Tower. 110 people working below the impact zones were killed. 292 were killed at street level from burning debris. 

Only 14 people escaped from the impact zone floors of the South Tower after it was hit, and only from the floors above it. 

Zero people from the impact zone and the floors above in the North Tower survived. 

An estimated 200 people jumped to their deaths from the burning Towers. 1 person at street level, FDNY Fire Chaplain Mychael Judge, is hit by such a jumper and killed. 

6,294 civilians were injured. 17,400 people were in the World Trade Center complex at the time that day. 

Only 8 office workers and 15 First Responders who were in the Towers when they collapsed survived. Just 18 people total were found buried in the rubble alive after the collapse. The last survivor was pulled from the rubble 27 hours after the collapse of the Towers. The resulting fires burned for 99 days. 

Cantor Fitzgerald Financial lost 658 employees. Marsh & McLennan lost 295. Higher up in the buildings than anyone else, 6 television engineers perished in the rooftop broadcast centers. 165 people died in the Windows on the World rooftop restaurant, including 73 staff members, 16 Risk Magazine employees, and 76 other guests enjoying breakfast. 60 different companies with offices in the World Trade Center lost employees. All 35 members of the flight and cabin crews on the hijacked aircraft were killed. 

343 FDNY firefighters and paramedics perished, along with 23 NYPD officers, 37 Port Authority Police officers, 15 EMTs, court officers, and police K9 unit dog named Sirius. FDNY Ladder 3 and Squad 1 each lost 11 members. Over 2,000 first responders were injured. 

372 foreign citizens were killed, representing over 90 countries. 60 Muslims died in the attacks and, no, that does not include any hijackers. 

The two planes that hit the Towers were flying at 470mph and 590mph. Fires from jet fuel burned at 1,800°. The first impact registered0.9 on the Richter Scale. The first collapse measured 2.3, was felt 21 miles away, and registered on seismic equipment as far as Maine. Debris from the second aircraft was found 6 blocks away. Dust from the collapse reached the Empire State Building, nearly 3 miles away. The landing gear from the first aircraft landed in and destroyed a Burlington Coat Factory at 45 Park Place. You may know this building better as the proposed site for a Manhattan Mosque. 

The post-collapse debris pile weighed 1,800,000 tons. 

New York City ordered 100,000 body bags to the scene. Almost none were used as only 289 bodies were found 'in tact'. 19,848 body parts were eventually uncovered. 15,260 remain unidentified. 65,000 personal items were recovered from the site of the two Towers. Bone fragments were found years later as workers prepared the damaged Deutsche Bank Building for demolition. 

1,609 people lost a spouse or domestic partner. 3,051 children lost a parent. 40 people lost a twin sibling. 20% of Americans know someone injured or killed on 9/11. 1,717 families received no remains of their loved ones. 

Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000. 

Pentagon casualties included 70 civilians and 55 military personnel. 92 were on the first floor, 31 were on the second floor, and 2 were on the third. Another 106 injured were treated at area hospitals. Resource Services Washington lost 34 of its 45 employees. Navy Command Center lost 29. The Army alone suffered 75 casualties. Flight 77 hit the west side of the Pentagon at 345mph, penetrating 3rings. The damaged area collapsed 30 minutes after impact. 

Flight 93 impacted the ground in Shanksville Pennsylvania at 564mph, inverted at an angle of 40°. The impact left a crater 10 feet deep and 50 feet wide. The plane crashed 167 miles and less than 20 minutes away from Washington DC, its intended target. 

116,000 American flags were sold nationwide by Wal-Mart on September 11, 2001. 

The victims on September 11th included 8 children. The youngest victim was a year-old child, the oldest an 82 year-old man. The average age of all the dead was just 40. The ratio of men to women killed was 3:1

In 2009, the last civilian victim was officially added to the death toll as Leon Heyward died years after 9/11 from lymphoma linked to the collapse. 

6 buildings in Manhatta
n completely collapsed on September 11th. 3 more partially collapsed (plus the Pentagon) and others were severely damaged. Nearly 50 buildings in New York received at least some damage. 

As of November 2010, 916 first-responders had died in the years since from illnesses related to their rescue efforts. 

It took 6.3 years to build the World Trade Center. It took 1 hour, 41 minutes, and 45 seconds to destroy the towers, from the first impact to the second collapse, with just seconds for each tower to come down. 

Currently, 24 people still remain listed as 'missing'. 

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2 Responses

  1. Nice post but you missed some key ones:
    8000 Afghan civilians killed in the war following 9/11.
    860000 Iraqi civilians killed in the war fraudulently justified because of 9/11.
    Cost of Iraq and Afghan wars is $4,000,000,000,000 and climbing.
    # of US civil liberties given up because of the Patriot Act: Countless.
    We lost many great US citizens on 9/11 and my heart goes out to all those affected by their loss. However, the number of US casualties seems like a drop in the bucket when you look at the big picture. Never forget 9/11 and the actions we have taken to exact revenge on a small group of religious idiots

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