I’ve actually been to both places in person and witnessed the impressive structure of the buildings.
As most of the major news sites are down, I’m rounding up a few URLs of related stuff you may have not seen yet.
The St. Petersburg Times has a special feature focusing on the terrorist attacks.
Advogato.org has darkened its page in memory of those lost. In addition, there are a few stories there as well.
There are a few up close pictures available of the tragedy, with more to follow at the same URL.
Also a few more pictures are available, from a further distance.
There are even more pictures out there too.
You can also see a doppler view of the smoke and dust cloud over New York City.
Google also has a few links to relevant news stories. Most news sites have been down all day as well, but some are now back up in a limited capacity.
President Bush gave a speech, essentially asking that we all pray for the families of those affected.
Concerning real time events, as they happen, you can hop on IRC. OpenProjects.net has a few channels set up at the time on this topic: #worldtradecenter #wtc-confirmed #terrorist-moderated. #worldtradecenter was up near 700 people at one point, making it a very large channel for OpenProjects.net.
Also, on Efnet, #news is a popular channel (it was over a thousand people in that one channel when I first joined).
CNN is also getting in on the irc act on chat.cnn.com — go to #CNN_Newsfeed for closed captioning, or get a channel list for more channels to join.
Please take time to remember those who lost their lives today. A lot of people have been guessing that it may be around ten thousand to fifty thousand or even more. That’s a lot of people. Keep their families in mind as well. Please keep everyone affected in your thoughts and prayers.