World Trade Center (Ground Zero).
The term was also used to describe the site of the World Trade Center in New York City, which was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. The term had been applied to the site in the 1980s by the authors of messages that were stenciled on the sidewalks of Manhattan. Each stenciled message included an arrow that pointed towards the southern tip of the island and stated: "[Number] miles to Ground Zero," in apparent reference to the targeting of the financial district by the Soviet Union in the event of a nuclear war. The adoption of this term by the mainstream North American media with reference to the September 11th attacks began as early as 7:47 p.m. on that day, when CBS News reporter Jim Axelrod said, “ Less than four miles behind me is where the Twin Towers stood this morning. But not tonight. Ground Zero, as it's being described, in today's terrorist attacks that have sent aftershocks rippling across the country. ” Rescue workers also used the phrase "The Pile", referring to the pile of rubble that was left after the buildings collapsed.