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ground zero

The site of any disaster; specifically, and often capitalized (Ground Zero), the site of New York’s World Trade Center, wrecked by airplanes on September 11, 2001. Originally the term designated the central point of a nuclear detonation or similar large blast, but since the attacks of 2001, often referred to simply as nine-eleven, it has been used both specifically and metaphorically. It was first used with reference to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and then was extended to other disasters, such as earthquakes. Referring to the economic downturn, a character in Ian Rankin’s novel The Complaints (2009) asked, “Does nobody realize this is Credit Crunch Ground Zero?”
See also: ground, zero
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"Nine-eleven is such a significant day in our country's life, and this is a great way to observe it and remember it, to transform tragedy into something good and positive."
Just think what 184,000 terrorist/supporters could do if 25 caused the nine-eleven catastrophes.
More generally, Mr Tiner noted that for the most part this has been it a good year for the financial community - although losses of $50 billion-plus from hurricane Katrina absorbed by insurers and re-insurers, must four years after the nine-eleven catastrophe had been a severe test of the resilience of the insurance industry.
But, as the Head of the CIA Counterterrorist Centre has pointedly observed: '[t]here was a before nine-eleven, and there was an after nine-eleven.
Radio; a post Nine-Eleven strategy for reaching the world's poor.
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Directors stated that the company's customers in the leather industry especially the garment sector, had not been able to fully adjust to the conditions arising from the 'nine-eleven' incident.
A man's vivid T-shirt declaimed "Remember nine-eleven." This parade was in an old military-base town, and it could easily have read "Remember the Maine," a battle cry that followed the sinking of the U.S.
The devastation of "nine-Eleven" was such that this vast area, which ghouls now want to nose-around during a three-hour walking tour, is still being cleared six months on.
Since that time, the events of nine-eleven have perhaps changed the priority but not the issues at hand.