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. this is cnn breaking news. >> hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm isha sesay live in los angeles where it has just turned 11:00 on the west coast. >> and i'm isa soares live in miami where it is now 2:00 in the morning. thank you very much for joining us. >> we'll be back with isa in a moment for the latest on hurricane irma but we have more breaking news out of mexico. a magnitude 8 earthquake which i
should tell you, usgs just upgraded it from magnitude 8. it's now 8.1 according to the usgs recorded off the southern coast near the guatemalan border. the tremor was felt some 600 miles or 1,000 kilometers to the northwest. the threat of tsunami is being evacuated as i bring you these details. but it has the potential of causing a tsunami. let's get some perspective on how this played out and what people experienced. a producer joins me now from mexico city. thank you for being with us. i understand you were driving when this quake hit. tell us about what you experienced. >> it was very scary. hello. i was driving home, coming home and i was listening to the radio. i started to hear the alarm that
sounds through the city through speakers. i knew it was coming because yesterday we had a false alarm. but i knew it was it. i parked my car and stand in the middle of the street with a bunch of people. it was very scary. they did not want to go back in their homes. and it's close to the guatemalan border and authorities are recommending to stay in safe places and if you are going to go back to your home make sure you don't have any problems with the gas and your house is in good condition. because it was a very, very strong earthquakes, one of the strongest i felt. i was here in 1985 when that
earthquake collapsed mexico city. so what we're looking out for each other, what should we do? where should we stand? i live in an area in mexico city that is considered one of the most dangerous ones. also with downtown mexico city. and i am next to the angel of the defender for those who have been here. we are in extreme alert. >> so paulina, when it struck you were driving and you pulled over and stood out in the streets. where are you now? have you been back to your apartment which is in a very old building. have you been back to get a sense of whether there is damage? >> i checked the building and my apartment and everything is fine here. i live in an old building like 45 years old. but i know that security
protocols were implemented by authorities already. you can hear the helicopters and ambulances and police cars driving around this area. i have been monitoring they are saying there are no damages. the subway and the mexico city airport are operating normal, as normal. so there are no big damages here in mexico city. some of my neighbors have smashed windows, no injured people, no victims. >> okay. we continue to wait for all the details of the damage assessment throughout the country and those areas that felt these tremors. but we are so grateful to you for joining us on the phone and sharing what you experienced. we are now tracking the reports out of mexico. what is the latest you're
hearing? what do we know? >> as was just reported, 8.1 magnitude. that point one makes a big difference. this is still considered a great earthquake because it just doesn't happen that often. this was the primary earthquake, the 8.1 magnitude. what you're seeing, these red dots are the aftershocks. they have been fairly quick. these are clustered fairly close together and take a look at this. they are closer to the coast than the actually -- the primary earthquake and this is the shake map. this tells us who felt it the most. you can definitely see along the coast, that's where the greatest shaking occurred. this is called the middle america trench it is a s subduction zone. this is a prime location for earthquake activity and indeed
that's what you are seeing right now. there have been five aftershocks, four of those have been 5-plus magnitude intensity. unnerving to feel something like that. the depth is 35 kilometers or just about 21, 22 miles deep. wouldn't say it's shallow or deep. it's something in between. globally how many 8.0 magnitude earthquakes do we see in a year? one. and this one occurred about 150 kilometers off the coast just to the outside of the -- or just to the west of chiapa state. and hurricane irma has now plowed through the turks and caicos and continues so and in the region where you would expect some of the heaviest w d winds, potential for tornados and heavy downpours. but this is a very cocentric
hurricane system plowing its way closer to the caribbean for cat island, crooked island, grand bahama, luthera, those islands of the bahamas will be greatly impacted by storm surge and flooding and wind. in barbuda, 95% of the infrastructure were impacted. winds at 260 kilometers per hour and hurricane warnings out from the turks and caicos to the bahamas to south florida. coming up a little bit later we'll tell you what the computer models are suggesting will happen. >> we appreciate the update. thank you so much. let's get more on hurricane irma. isa soares is standing by for us in miami.
isa? >> what seems that people here have been heeding those warnings we were hearing there. we're in miami beach and this is what normally is the party atmosphere area. it's been quiet at the moment. it's quite obsolete in many ways. michael bertran is the owner of a restaurant in miami and he is staying open and joins me now on the phone. explain to us why you are staying put when everyone else pretty much is leaving? >> well, we made a decision with everyone's safety on our minds to stay open as long as we could to provide a service for people in this time of need to provide a hot meal and you know, give them some kind of feeling of you know, normal atmosphere, something that right now you're not getting a lot of in south florida.
>> are you still having customers? i was under the impression that the majority of people had left. we heard around this area, 650,000 people have been evacuated. so how busy have you been? how busy is your restaurant? >> well, i mean, tonight we had to turn people away because we are running out of food. tonight we definitely saw a good amount of people that wanted to have a good time and just even if it was for an hour, half an hour, forget about this catastrophic hurricane that we have coming our way. we, you know, we plan to stay open tomorrow as long as we can. right now, it's until 8:00 or 9:00 at night. we want to provide a service. we want to serve people food and give them an inkling of a normal life right now when things like
running out of water, running out of gas, people have to evacuate. we want to give them a little bit of that homeyness right now. >> what you're doing is unbelievable gracious but at any point are you going to consider leaving, closing up shop and getting out? >> yeah, i mean, like i said earlier, we're going to make a call tomorrow. we're not going to be open on saturday and sunday. tomorrow we plan to stay open as long as winds don't pass a certain degree. i'm not going to leave miami. i know a good number of people that did. for those of us born and raised in miami it would be very difficult for us to leave. we want to be here, you know, for whatever happens during and whatever happens afterwards. >> and i'm sure people in miami
are extremely grateful for the service that you are providing and the attention you're give. michael, thank you. all the very best. >> thank you, guys. now daisy works at a resort in the turks and caicos and riding out the storm there and joins us now by phone. and daisy, tell us what you are seeing, what you are hearing where you are. >> we're in seven stars resort here in grace bay. it seems to be one of the safest places to be on the island at the moment. at the moment we are waiting it out. there's strong winds. a lot of whistling going on. but again, like i say, we feel very safe where we are. where i am at the moment, our
bosses have allowed us all to stay and staff allowed accommodation for all the staff here in the hotel. so at the moment i'm here with my colleagues. a lot of us are actually sleeping at the moment, that's how comfortable we feel. and, yeah, just extremely safe for the guests at the moment. >> it's wonderful to hear. it's wonderful to hear, daisy, that your colleagues are able to sleep. that's a very positive sign. i know you mentioned -- for our viewers, you are one of the workers at the hotel there. how were the preparations been the last few days? >> it's been incredible. they've been absolutely fantastic here. they've done lots of preparations just taking down
any possible threat, anything that can kind of fly. all the bosses, managers, et cetera, have stayed on resort to be able to accommodate any guests that we have here. most guests were recommended to evacuate. and anybody who felt they wanted to or needed to was able to, too. but to be quite honest i felt very safe when we were given the opportunity to come here and i felt extremely safe. and so far, it's been -- yeah, it's been -- it's been a very amazing experience to be able to kind of be in this massive chaos and disaster and again feel this safety. my heart does go out to everybody out on the island who doesn't have that same sort of protection and accommodation.
and you know, we are just waiting out the storm and hurricane to see what sort of comes next and stuff. but we've been provided with food, water, all the guests have been provided with food, water. there's been emergency plans in case of a water surge, et cetera. so we've been extremely well prepared here by, again, the seven stars resort management. >> daisy, we appreciate you taking the time to speak to us. please stay safe, stay strong. and do keep in touch with us as the storm -- as the horrendous hurricane pounds its way across all the islands, including turks and caicos. you have been watching "cnn
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all of south florida is under a hurricane warning as hurricane irma draws closer to the u.s. mainland. the latest projections put miami in the bulls-eye. irma is one of the biggest and scariest atlantic storms ever seen. no storm has stayed a category 5 for such a prolonged amount of time. we are talking to the president of the antigua red cross. he is in st. johns in the u.s. virgin islands. thank you for taking the time to
speak to us here on "newsroom l.a." >> hi, hello? hello? >> hello? >> we're going to take things over here in los angeles because we had a technical problem with isa there, we lost our connection. she was speaking to michael joseph from the barbuda red cross. until then let's continue our coverage of irma. florida residents have called a hot line report price gouging. they say they are being overcharged for basic necessities like food, water and baby supplies. one company was charging more than $30 for a case of water. florida's attorney general isn't happy about it. she had this message for retailers taking advantage of the storm. >> shame on you if you are trying to gouge someone with water, with food, baby supplies. things like that, hotels, the
airlines. >> for more on this i'm joined by ryan patel. thank you for joining us. i wanted to be absolutely clear. in a state of emergency are all price increases of goods and services considered price gouging? >> specifically on commodities and there is language that is broad after that. that's what you are seeing the a.g. from florida making it clear for everybody. saying it's not just on food but all essentials. they went to generators today, how that's a necessity as well. >> i've seen according to some reporting that even home help in terms of elderly people that need additional assistance the prices for that have gone out. >> i know we're going to talk about the airlines. talking about the pets being included free. so i mean, one more step further to say we're not going to charge
you for that. expanding the language to include everyone to evacuation. they are talking about evacuation not just staying as well. >> i want to read an article by adam millsap. he is at the study for economic prosperity at florida state university and he has a different take on price gouging. he says this, high prices incentivize consumers to purchase only what they need to satisfy their highest value wants and leave the rest for others. high prices incentivize producers to increase supply. people who want to help shouldn't be demonized for raising prices to recoup their higher costs. is he right? >> to a certain point, i agree with what he said from a business perspective. but what he's missing in this argument is what is actually the
cost to -- it doesn't cost $100 to sell a bottle or case of water. and the supply is being limited because people are using it. and it's up to the consumers to buy more of what they don't need and the panic is being drawn because part of it because the prices are going up. so i think in theory he's right on a sense of, yes, the price, supply and demand economics. but in this case, the price gouging is going three, four times above what he's talking about. if that makes sense. >> absolutely. the airlines, i know delta came in for some criticism because a young lady took a screen grab of a price hike she was faced with. this is what she discovered. she was trying to get a flight out and the price jacked up from $547 to $3200. a delta spokesperson said that
fare was posted by expedia and that when she reached out to them they were able to remedy the situation. again you mention the question of economics. listen to what seth kaplan from airline weekly had to say. >> and it's a tough question when you are talking about airlines. where is the line between supply and demand economics and gouging? with the gas station everybody knows if they are charging $8 for gas that is gouging but airlines always price airline tickets depending on demand and in this situation there's a lot of it. >> what's your take? >> first off, delta was not the only one increasing the prices, american did prior to that. and at the end of the day, you know, the airlines are not held by state law by florida. by faa and the department of transportation. and on top of that, the problem that i have now that you saw them come out and cap the prices was now there are only limited
fares. jetblue came out and said here is our $99 one way to get out but only so many limited fares. for a little why let's say this is a $3,000 flight but what are you going to charge when they sent more planes. the consumers weren't going to pay for it. and american airlines -- >> that's why they did it. >> the attorney general came out from florida calling everybody out and all of a sudden they came out and said they are partners together. the airlines listened and had to change. >> in a crisis like this, in a time with social media being what it is, you want to do no harm. as a company. because whatever you do is going to get put on twitter and on the platforms. >> look at what home depot did. they froze their prices in a state of emergency and gave over $300,000 of plywood in one day. so i think to your point, more
companies are doing good have to be recognized and those who are not have to get informed. >> we must go back to miami and rejoin our isa soares. she is standing by. we have reestablished connection. isa? >> thanks very much. i was introducing you to michael joseph who is the president of antigua and barbuda red cross. he got a look at the damage in barbuda on thursday. he joins me from st. johns in the u.s. virgin islands. thank you for taking the time to speak to us. before talking about what you have seen in st. johns give us a perspective of the situation in barbuda i remember seeing the pictures and hearing the prime minister talk of the destruction on the ground. >> yeah. to be honest with you i think everybody had the same feeling once the prime minister broke the news of what he saw. i think what i wasn't prepared
for was the images that were coming out of barbuda isn't anything in comparison to the real-life feeling and images you get to see for yourself once you get into barbuda. i'm talking about, you know, just -- i would actually would have said 100% of barbuda's infrastructure was completely devastated. we're talking about, you know, house, concrete structures that were literally pulled apart by hurricane irma. and the devastation is none that i've ever seen before or ever experienced. i can't fathom how such a storm, a category 5 hurricane could have done things like this. i had an opportunity to speak with a lot of the residents who went through it and the stories they are telling are quite horrifying. many of them are saying that what they experienced, that
wasn't just a hurricane, that was a hurricane with tornados in it. and this is where the devastation really came from, from their experience and their explanation. >> and, michael, you are in many ways our eyes and ears on the ground. tell us the stories of people you have been speaking to. you are saying that almost 100% level of destruction there. what stories are you hearing from the people on the ground? >> some of the stories are people speaking about that you know, one part of the roof got torn off and they had to go into the cupboards with their family and their kids and had to put blankets and pillows against them so they wouldn't move and water were coming in and as soon as the eye started to pass they ran out into the open and it seemed like everyone decided to run out of their building. they jumped into the back of a pickup truck and decided to
drive to the shelter. as they were driving, the back end of the eye came and there were 40-foot containers being thrown across the road. huge trees that are hundreds of years old were just being ripped and snapped in the middle and houses being lifted up and thrown into the sea. i mean, these aren't stories you expect to hear that people experiencing. these are things you see only in the movies. >> yeah. utl utterly hear rogue, michael joseph with us on the phone. i wish everyone -- i hope everyone is well and a strong recovery for those in both st. johns but also in antigua and barbuda. we'll continue to monitor the situation on the ground. we are following breaking news out of mexico.
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this is cnn breaking news. >> hello, everyone. you are watching cnn's breaking news coverage of hurricane irma. i'm isha sesay live in los angeles. >> and i'm isa soares live for you in miami. we'll bring you the updates in a moment. we're tracking a breaking story, news out of mexico. a magnitude 8.1 earthquake hit off the southern coast near the g guatemalan border. tremors were felt some 600 or so miles or 1,000 kilometers to the northwest where people rushed into the streets in mexico city. part of the city are now, we're being told, without power. and video from mexico city shows emergency workers conducting a
rescue of what looks like to be, as you can see there, a collapsed building. the governor of chiapas state have collapsed. an official from the u.s. geological survey says the earthquake could cause a tsunami. we are tracking reports from mexico city. karen, what are you hearing? >> it's interesting when you receive those first reports. typically it's like we haven't seen any damage, that sort of thing. then because this occurs at nighttime you don't see the damage. you may see power outages and that kind of thing but we know we have felt it all the way to mexico city. there have been about six aftershocks after this 8.1 magnitude earthquake that was about 115 kilometers offshore. but the aftershocks are closer to the coast.
that's one thing to consider at 8.1 magnitude considered a great earthquake. there's usually one around the globe one time a year. hurricane irma is moving through the turks and caicos and it looks like it's going to weave its way and path of destruction for the bahamas and the north shore of cuba on its way toward south florida. and that means miami and in dade county and broward county we have 4 or 5 million people. they are saying that the gas availability is very limited. and a lot of things are going to be limited. they have encouraged evacuations and mandatory evacuations. want to let you know, here's the european model. this is one we watch closely. this one is different now because it has shifted further to the west through the
everglade. but don't focus in on where we think the landfall is going to be. this is a broad hurricane. this is the american model. it brings it in at miami. the american model, we look at them both, perhaps more revered or more looked at is the european model but you have to remember this is still a category 5 hurricane that is going to impact all of the florida peninsula with power outages, flooding, wind damage. there will be a multitude of things that will occur in line of this hurricane and we'll continue to keep you updated at the top of the hour another update. back to you. >> thanks, karen. next on "newsroom l.a." it's not every day you get democrats and republicans to agree on anything. five former u.s. presidents team up to help victims of hurricane harvey and irma.
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hurricane irma makes its way closer to the u.s., many victims of hurricane harvey still need support. five former u.s. presidents are teaming up to try to encourage you to help. >> hurricane harvey brought terrible destruction but it also brought out the best in humanity. >> as former presidents we wanted to help our fellow americans to begin to recover. >> our friends in texas are doing just that. >> we have more love in texas than water. >> we love you texas. >> donate to one america appeal.org. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> another group already doing its part is shelter box, an international dakotaer charity that provide temporary shelter and critical supplies to displaced families. joining me now is kerry murray,
we had you on for harvey a couple days ago. let talk about irma barrelling through the caribbean on the way to the united states. so many places about to be impacted. where are you sending your people? >> shelter box is working across the affected area. we prepositioned aid. we are sandwiched in strategic location. and additional aid on the way from texas from a harvey response to florida to help with irma, shelter box, this is what we do and as the world has seen, disasters don't take a day off. we are work across these affected areas. we've responded to hurricanes, earthquakes in the caribbean before. we've responded in the u.s., obviously most recently as harvey. we stand ready to go in and preposition and bring in the aid
that's most needed. >> to that point about what is most needed it will be difference between the caribbean and the united states. >> so with harvey i was working with the largest evacuation center that surged to 10,000 people. we were bringing a shelter in a shelter to provide privacy in a congregated setting. to meet urgent help needs, la lactation stations to mothers. and elderly centers. in the caribbean you are seeing photos of roofs torn off homes. we have a shelter kit that puts a roof back on a home. we're going to look across the affected areas to see what aid is most appropriate. we have shelter kits, shelter in shelters, humanitarian relief shelters, solar lights, blankets, children's school
kits. we will really look and deploy to these areas what is most needed. we have a deployment team already on the ground in these areas and really they're going to go in, conduct assessments. a lot of the airports are closed. if we need to move things in by a boat we'll do that. in florida we have things in central florida to preposition to those shelters in miami-dade. >> we thank you for coming in to share your preparations and all the work you are doing. the areas need you right now and all you are doing. good luck. if you want to help hurricane irma and harvey victims log on to our website, cnn.com/impact and donate to one of the charities we have vetted for you. next, this was in miami during hurricane andrew 25 years ago. how the zoo is preparing with a much bigger hurricane headed toward them in miami.
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like this. trailers ended up next to rhinos. these jaw dropping images show how wild the zoo became after that category storm. now what is the zoo doing this time around? the man to answer that question joins me now. ron, thank you so much for being with us. so we just put up on your screen those incredible images that the zoo brought to us back in 1992. and now irma is on the way, and i understand you will not be evacuating the animals. help us understand why. >> the main reason for evacuation of a zoo is flooding. flooding is not going to be a
threat. the enclosures that the animals are being maintained it are strong enough. i understand this might not be most hurricanes, but here's the real issue, many times these storms can be changing directions last minute. and more importantly people need it understand these are not dogs or cats you can move around easily. these are wild animals. moving them, that stress alone could be enough to kill them. that type of move is actually more dangerous than the animal trying to weather the storm. here we have the opportunity to protect them from the wind. we're doing our best to do that. we've relocated some of the
animals in the zoo. miami-dade building code now is one of the strongest codes in the country because of these hurricanes. we're doing the best, doing everything we can. but we know our animals. and again, it's easier say to move a dog, a cat, even a horse but wild animals are different. >> that being said, walk us through your preparedness plan. give us some more insight into the preparations. >> sure, make sure the generator is working, food topped off. we have to take possible projectiles and take them and store it. then we don't move animals until last minute. even though we're moving them within the zoo, they're being moved to an unfamiliar location.
and animals we're moving are smaller animal are birds that really would not do well in the storm. even if they have closures protecting them, if the wind is blowing around, they can be injured. so these animals need to be put in fortified enclosures in the zoo. >> it sounds like preparations are in place. knowing what we do about irma at this stage, what if any concerns do you still have if irma continues on this path. >> i'll tell you those images you showed, i took them. i can't even begin to tell you how anxious, how worried, how
incredibly profound this is. this storm could be life changing and life ending if people do not take it as seriously as what the professionals are telling us. please understand, our lives are about to change. >> haefriearing you say it, som who's experienced andrew and experienced many of these disasters, it is very sobering. you, your staff, all the animals and everyone there in florida will be in our thoughts and prayers. please be safe, and we wish you the very best for the days ahead. well, you've been watching cnn's breaking news coverage of hurricane irma and the powerful 8.1 mag nude earthquake.
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