South Tower Destruction
Photo Looking up at the South Tower Disintegration
This widely-copied image is a cropped version of a photograph taken by Gulnara Samoilova about 2.5 seconds after the top of the South Tower started to drop. Perhaps no other photograph of the South Tower destruction shows it in so much detail from such a close distance. It is an important piece of evidence for our analysis of the nature of the event, such as on this page.
Another photograph was apparently taken at almost exactly the same moment as Gulnara's but from a slightly different vantage point. This photograph is reproduced in FEMA's report, the only one showing the South Tower's destruction.
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