Here is a flashback to 9/11/01 in search:
Danny Sullivan was on the scene reporting how all the major search engines tried to assist in keeping the world informed with the latest news by both putting special messages on their homepage and serving cached versions of CNN coverage. (This was long before searchengineland.com came out).
CNET had reported on it as well, including the levels of availability on the major news sites.
May we never know such destruction again.