Twin Towers Essay

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ASSESS THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE SEPTEMBER ELEVEN ATTACKS WORDS: 1220The 9/11 attacks occurred on Tuesday the 11th of September 2001. They were four deliberate terrorist attacks upon the United States in New York City as well as Washington D.C, which were coordinated by the Islamic group al-Qaeda. The September 11 attacks involved four hijacked planes, with a total of nineteen terrorist hijackers and four separate targets, including the two world trade centres, the pentagon and the fourth target, which was believed to be either the U.S. Capitol Building or the White House. The September 11 attacks took 3,000 victims, which made it the most deadly terrorist attack that has occurred on US soil.The attacks had huge effects on America, the most significant ones being the health effects and the economic impact that followed the attacks. These are the two effects I will be discussing, not only how they impacted America, but how they impacted the people within America.To begin with we will discuss the health issues that arose from the September 11 attacks. When the Twin Towers collapsed, millions of tons of lethal fragments were spread throughout the city. The exposure to these toxins effected people almost immediately and contributed to a range of long term and short-term health effects. It is believed that around three to five deaths were due to the lethal toxins that were released and around 18,000 people have developed illnesses because of the lethal toxins. It was not only the people who were in the Twin Towers when they were attacked that were victims of the health effects, it included all of Lower Manhattan's residents, as well as Chinatown as the toxins spread quickly through the air, polluting a significant area of New York within hours. Rescue workers from the attack were looked at for a health study, it was found that all had impaired lung functions and none were showing signs of improvement.In 2010, the president of the United States, Barack Obama, signed an act that assigned $4.2 billion to create the World Trade Centre Health Program. This program "provides medical monitoring and treatment for responders at the World Trade Centre and related sites in New York City, Pentagon and Shanksville, PA, and survivors who were in the New York City disaster area." (quoted from cdc.gov/wtc/index/html) The fact that this program had to be created indicates the level of health problems that arose from the September 11 attacks.A study was circulated in December of 2012, this study examined the potential connection between the exposure to the toxins from the World Trade Center and excess cancer risks. 55,000 individuals were chosen to take part, and at the beginning of the study when first examined they showed no signs of increased cancer. But in the last year of the study it was shown that there were significantly elevated rate of cancer amongst the majority of individuals that had been tested.Another study that was conducted by the state...

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