|North Tower | 10:28 a.m. : FINAL MOMENTS
The exterior walls buckle. Driven by 45,000 tons above, the floors pancake, progressively collapsing the tower from within. Several floors remain standing like a jagged stump but later collapse.
North Tower | POSTMORTEM
The north tower stood for 102 minutes. It crumples to the ground in eight seconds. The impact of the collapse was equal to a 2.0 magnitude earthquake.
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GRAPHICS BY DOUG STERN - USN&WR
REPORTING BY AVERY COMAROW, DAVID LAGESSE, AND KENNETH TERRELL-USN&WR