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NOVA to Broadcast Episode Explaining WTC Collapse on April 30

Tonight, April 30, the Public Broadcasting System series NOVA will air a program called Why the Towers Fell, about the destruction of The World Trade Center. The program will air at 8:00am EDT on most PBS stations on the East Coast. Check the PBS TV schedule for more information.

There is a large amount of supporting information on-line for this program. Included on the program website are:

  • explanation of the structural innovations that allowed the World Trade Center to be built;
  • analysis from Thomas Eagar, an MIT materials engineering professor, of the probably reasons why the World Trade Center survived the initial impact, but ultimately collapsed;
  • account of the survival story of Brian Clark from EuroBrokers who descended from the 84th Floor of 2 World Trade Center, rescuing a trapped Fuji Bank employee on the way down;
  • description of the rescue and survival equipment that firefighters carried into the World Trade Center; and
  • discussion of the physical properties of metal.

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