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welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm john vause live in mexico city, where it has just turned midnight. we are following two big stories this hour. here in mexico rescuers racing to find survivors trapped beneath the rubble. and hurricane maria is on to her next target after a day of pounding puerto rico. mexico's president says more
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than 50 people have been pulled alive from the debris of collapsed buildings and rescue workers are not giving up yet. at one school they have made contact with a 12-year-old girl trapped in the rubble of her school. there may be two others trapped with her, possibly more. the quake killed at least 25 people at that school. all but four of them were children. 230 are dead across the quake zone. >> the empathy is like super strong because we know the people there. so we are super nervous because we are trying to know if they are safe, if they are alive. if they are in there. i don't know. >> joining me now isjohan. you said your daughter goes to school close to there. >> yes, my daughter goes to school just around the corner.
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i drive her to school almost every day seeing children go to school there. she is 9 years old. >> the same age -- >> yes. she was extremely upset describing how all her classm e classmates crying and she is still tense saying will there be another earthquake. really upset by this. so really sad to think of the children, what a child is going through, being trapped in the rubble for 28 hours. >> is that what we're at? yeah. >> yeah. >> this rescue, though, there is so much focus on it. it is playing out live on national television. it seems symbolic in so many ways, if they can save this girl, that means so much to this country at this point. >> i think it's goods the efforts to do it and the fact that the president was here, he's not a popular president, so to face the parents and the
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mother saying our children are in that school was a good gesture. there's nothing stronger, i think to the human emotion, than a young child, a young girl, in a school like this trapped. but i've been around the greater mexico city area, and there are scenes like this playing out. there are apartment blocks with maybe 100 people in them. >> you have the civilian response. how long can they keep it up? it's miserable tonight. it's raining and cold. >> that response is incredible, and one thing about mexico, the big collective memory of 1985 and drilled into people the 1985 earthquake, that pain. so people really came out and they really -- it's really inspiring. a lot of young professionals, young people coming out now. i think the energy can people up. i know these people will have to
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go back to work, they have jobs to do, you need people to work to keep the city moving. a real problem is when food and water runs out. so you need people working to keep the economy going. >> a lot of commotion. >> yes, there's constant movement at the sites. >> it seems something has happened we don't know what it is. what about beyond mexico city, obviously this is a wealthy part of the country, beyond here, in those other areas that have been hard hit, is the government dedicating the same sort of resources? >> where journalists are based,
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then you go out and there are villages and we don't have a good idea how bad the damage is in those bases. there's not the same amount of marines and military and media attention. >> is that the only reason why? obviously there are pli political connotations here. what's going on? >> it's hard to know what people know. the media ourselves, the facts, journalists live in these neighbor neighborhoods, children go to school in these neighborhoods, government officials live in these neighborhoods. i think that's played a big part as well. the thing about the earthquake. it's hit rich and middle class. >> good to see you. thanks for being with us. >> thank you. >> one big relief, so far. there have been no major aftershocks since the quake happened. pedram javaheri joins us from
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the weather center. there was an expectation there would be powerful aftershocks but so far nothing. why is that. >> it's unusual, and the ep center being about 400 miles away from the main fault line that dives underneath the american fault, that's why we think the aftershocks haven't occurred yet. they reoccur with time. and we have not seen that, but they can continue weeks, months and sometimes years in the case of japan, several years were not seen. but magnitude 7.1, you would expect to see a 6, and that is still a possibility for the region. but this is zbircht you take a look, of course you're talking about people surviving across this region. typically the average human can make it three to five days, that's assuming no injuries. up to eight weeks without food
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but you can't digest food without water. so you have to keep metabolism, fat stores in your body, temperatures all of these play a role. we have a tropical disturbance trying to form down there. 50% says the national hurricane center. but, of course, the heavy rainfall you're seeing is the result of the disturbance of the region. and also following hurricane maria. it spent five hours over puerto rico, reemerging, the eye becoming more si met tri cal. this approached the island that has 22 weather observation sites, knocked 21 of them out of service and because there's no power, the weather service in miami responsible for forecasting. but the next story is the sca
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significant storm surge. 9 to 12 feet above what is dry ground. 20 2 fe 2 feet moves your car. up to 12 feet, keep in mind the turks and caicos do not have 12 feet to work with around the coastline. so that is complete sub emergence of the island in parts across the region. where is wr is the storm headed. look at tropical storm jose, it is the longest storm we've had, going on 19 days. i say that because the steering environment for jose could be where maria ends up. look at our models. this is for this time next week. the system could be with us as marie maria parks off the coastline. we think in the immediate future this will get stronger over the warm waters approaching turks
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and caicos. at best case it could skirt 40 or 50 miles east of the islands. but notice the spin that brings in tremendous storm surge on an island made of coral. so you're increasing water levels up to 12 feet. notice the forecast keeps this as a hurricane going into next week. the element of good news is the water temperatures want to cool, so there is weakening that is going to take place, but when you talk about the eastern united states with a hurricane offshore, it is still a concern. >> thank you for the update. let's get the latest from the caribbean. polo sandoval is in the dominican republic and nick valencia standing by in san juan, in puerto rico.
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preparing for the arrival of maria? >> absolutely, john. those winds continue to kick up and that's because the eye of hurricane maria is still about 70 kilometers offshore here. we are not expecting a direct hit, however, the outer bands have the potential, as you can see with the palm trees behind me waving in the winds. tonight there are thousands of tourists spending the night here. many of them only made it as far as the airport, there were flights to spain, south america. the airport shut down because of the winds. they do expect, i use the word expect, the airport to reopen at noontime tomorrow according to officials we heard from earlier today. however, at this point, really
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those people can only wait and see what happens. back to the other question that you asked. the preparations, we certainly saw some of that, in fact, here at the hotel we're using for shelter and to bring you these live pictures, many of the guests have been moved into the interior rooms so the sought after rooms are empty because of the safety precautions. a lot of the focus right now is not necessarily on what we're seeing right now but what we could see in the days ahead. officials here using puerto rico as an example that they are seeing potentially more rain than what they witnessed during the main event itself. that is something that we could see here as well. irma, jose, these are storm that is dumped an incredible amount of rain in the dominican republic, leaving streams swollen and ground saturated meaning it could lead to
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devastating flooding, john. >> let's go to nick valencia who is in san juan. there's devastating flooding right now in puerto rico, along with a lot of other problems, with damage to infrastructure. this is not over, not by a long shot for puerto rico. >> reporter: the core of the hurricane have come and gone, but the outer bands still remains. there's still a flash flood warning in effect for the entire island territory. we had a chance to see the extent of the damage and in around san juan, but the problem was we couldn't get far because of the downed trees, telephone poles. it made it hard for our crew to get 3 miles out of the city. what we saw was incredible devastation, catastrophic
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devastation. a heavy police presence, police checking in on businesses making sure they were not being looted. we saw residents out cleaning up debris to get a semblance of normal si, this is anything but. we have the luxury of a ge generator, tens of thousands aren't. they're still without power and clean running water. john. >> thank you. nick valencia live in puerto rico, and polo sandoval live in the dominican republic. we wail will take a short break. coming back from disaster how one group is helping victims of hurricane irma and the earthquake in mexico. also ahead the u.s. president reaches out to his counter part
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welcome back. i'm john vause live in mexico city with more on the devastation caused by that earthquake which struck this region on tuesday. after hours of digging, rescuers have made contact with a young girl trapped in the rubble of her collapsed school.
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they manage today reach her, provided her with oxygen as well as water. it is just after midnight here. those rescue operations are continuing at this hour. they have not stopped since 7:00 in the morning, almost 28 hours since they first made contact with this young woman and managed to actually find that she was alive beneath all of this rubble. we will bring all the details when there is developments in the story when we have them. for now we have reports on the challenges which are facing rescuers. >> reporter: hand by hand, brick by brick residents and rescuers alike are working around the clock to find survivors of tuesday's deadly 7.1 earthquake in mexico. here in mexico city 75 miles from the epicenter, all eyes on this elementary school where rescuers work to reach survivors that may still be trapped
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inside. immediately after the quake yesterday, these children were pulled from their collapsed classrooms. >> translator: emotions are difficult to control and see what's to our neighbors. it hurts us and we put ourself in the situation of the parents of the children trapped in that school, and that is really painful. >> reporter: across the city, scenes of determination as hundreds banned together to remove debris and find the missing. others like these teachers provide comfort to the tragedies youngest witnesses with songs. and more help is on the way at this airport in panama, rescue workers in full gear headed for flights to the disaster zone. here is what they will find. at this sight of demolished buildings handwritten signs and fists raised high requesting
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silence so crews may hear calls from below happies of concrete. still the sirens are welcome here. a passing ambulance the hope that someone has been found alive. miche the huge chunks of cement using wooden beams trying to expand the air pocket in the debris where the girl is trapped. the concern now is this all could come crashing down. there was some dust which kicked up a short time ago. there's been a lot of commotion here. as we said, this rescue operation has not stopped for many, many hours. it has been ongoing. there has been a plea on television for people to bring the wooden beams to hold up the
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concrete. otherwise this could all come crashing down and have serious consequences for the rescue efforts which are ongoing right now. we see some heavy equipment being moving into place towards the school right now. a lot of concern about the structu structural soundness where this young girl is. when we get more information we'll bring it to you. in the meantime we head back to los angeles. when it comes to the earthquake here in mexico, let's start with the most immediate disaster, what is the red cross doing? what are the challenges you're facing. >> the mexican red cross is leading the effort there with the government. in mexico, the red cross run it is ambulance system.
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they have dozens of search and rescue teams that are going around areas in mexico that were affected by the earthquake. it's complicated because of thely kwi faction -- the sand that much of the city is built on. there are buildings that were damaged that haven't collapsed but there still may be harm out there. here in the u.s. we're working with our sister u.s. we have connected with veterans who do this sort of thing to do search and rescue down in mexico city. we're doing effort to support the relief effort. there's a lot need as they begin their recovery. >> as far as the caribbean is concerned after hurricane maria, which is still heading toward the dominican republic, toward
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turks and caicos, but we have seen the devastation it has left behind, some of these islands have been completely wiped out. what is the red cross doing there and how do you operate in an environment like that? >> the u.s. virgin islands, we had a team based out of st. croix doing post irma relief on st. thomas then they had to evacuate st. croix because of maria to go to st. thomas. it's very critical there. i would say the biggest need is going to be food and water. the relief effort for irma had to be stopped. so food is in short supply. we were partnered with the national guard but that had to stop and it's stopped for three days. in places like dominican republic, 90% of the buildings
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were damage preponderance of the evidence some of those places have their own red cross, the ones that are protectorats of countries, the british and french are all involved we're working together to get food and water, there will be medical needs that emerge as we do damage assessment, the recovery effort can begin in force. >> very quickly, there are a lot of things happening right now. there's been hurricane harvey, irma, maria, there's now this major earthquake here in mexico city. how does that stretch resources of an organization like the red cross and have you ever dealt with so many disasters all within such a short period of time? >> i'll say that for the american red cross, those domestic disasters are ones that we've been focussed on. fortunately the american red
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cross isn't alone. there are over 180 red cross societies, the mexican red cross, british, dutch, french, theyor all deeply involved in what's going on in the caribbean. they'll all send aid to the mexican red cross. here in the u.s. 90% of our workforce are volunteers, we have volunteers from all over country reporting in for duty. but you're right, half of texas and all of florida, are two of our most -- and people don't like to be without their stuff, electricity and food and things that come with that. so we're working hard with our volunteer-led workforce to help make a difference here. >> jared, i suspect so many
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volunteers and so many people with the red cross and other aid organizations will be working very hard for a long time. thank you for being with us. >> thanks for helping us. >> if you would like to help the victims of hurricane maria or the earthquake in mexico. head to our website, you'll find a group of charities who have been vetted by cnn so you know what you give to them go to the people in need. we'll take a short break, when we come back, the strongest storm to hit the island of puerto rico in nearly a century. money managers are pretty much the same. all but while some push high commission investment products, fisher investments avoids them. some advisers have hidden and layered fees. fisher investments never does. and while some advisers are happy to earn commissions from you whether you do well or not,
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one of those rescues being watched all around the world is a 9-year-old girl trapped
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beneath the rubble of her school not far from her. there was concern about the integrity of the pile of debris, a call went out for beams to shore up this concrete. there is also concern about a building not far from here which was damaged in the quake. it is empty but there are fears that too could collapse at any moment. so there's been a lot of activity here as they continue to th rescue operation for the little girl trapped in the rubble of her school, as well as others that could still be alive n under the debris. we'll have more on that, but we're also following the situation with hurricane maria in the caribbean. cnn's laila sant ya go has more on the devastation that maria brought to puerto rico. >> we are getting pounded here. the wind is screaming, whis whis
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lg, stuff hitting the building. >> maria roared ashore making landfall 50 miles south of san juan, a monster cat 4 storm with winds of 155 miles per hour. trees snapped like twigs, roofs torn away parking lots with cars under water. debris dangerously tossed around t in the wind. phone service is out. officials say the entire island is without power. and the mayor says the outlook is grim. >> we're looking at four to six months without electricity. >> those powerful winds have caused extensive damage. one resident posted these pictures of the trees outside
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her home yesterday and the same trees 24 hours later. >> i've been trying to find the words. ferocious doesn't seem to be enough. >> maria is the strongest hurricane to hit puerto rico in 89 years. something i experienced firsthand. the streets of san juan, heavy rain falling at 5 to 7 inches an hour, the storm surge turning streets to muddy rivers. many tourists were canceled after all airlines cancelled flights on saturday. yet everyone was urged to evacuate or die. only 11,000 people were reported to go to shelters. many huddled in stairwells above floodwaters and away from glass. we're seeing the first images of the aftermath.
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at least seven are dead, many missing on dominica. the island of 73,000 with virtually no phone service or power. late today, the governor asked president trump to declare puerto rico a disaster zone. he told this to cnn. >> this is the most devastating storm in modern history. let's go live now to san juan puerto rico, derek van dam is there. clear clearly a lot of concern about the dominican republic where hurricane maria is heading. and once this is over water for a period of time, there's a chance it starts to strengthening again. >> that's right. and we've seen signs that it is
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starting to become more organized, developed and it's all because of the warm waters that surround the islands near the turks and caicos and the dominican republic. here where i'm located in san juan, the flash flood threat has been a concern since the storm ramped up this morning and into the day time hours today. the national weather service just tweeting that the entire isla island territory is under a flash flood river. there are several rivers feet above flood stage. we have rainfall totals approaching the 30-inch mark. we expect by the time the storm has exited puerto rico, sometime midday on thursday, we will see rainfall totals in excess of 35 inches. remember, harvey --
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the terrain here, remember water seeks its own levels and it almost rings out the storm system taking away the available rainfall in hurricane maria and eventually filters down to the smaller streams and ultimately the larger rivers and communities below, causing landslides and mud slides. we have seen the flooded roadway, but when you get into the more rural parts, the devastation will be fierce as we start to see first daylight and head out to assess the full extent of maria's wrath. john. >> thank you for that. derek van dam with the forecast and what the people of puerto rico can expect in the coming
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days as they assess the damage. and the u.s. president, donald trump, sent a message to the governor of puerto rico it reads, we are with you and the people of puerto rico. stay safe. still to come here, donald trump is offering condolences to mexico's quake victims and has deployed teams to help with search and rescue operations. more on that in a moment. here's to the heroes -- america's small business owners. and here's to the heroes behind the heroes, who use their expertise to keep those businesses covered. and here's to the heroes behind the heroes behind the heroes, who brought us delicious gyros. actually, the gyro hero owns vero's gyros, so he should have been with those first heroes. ha ha! that's better. so, to recap -- small business owners are heroes, and our heroes help heroes be heroes when they're not eating gyros delivered by --
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welcome back, everybody. u.s. president, donald trump, called his counter part in mexico expressing condolences for the many victims of tuesday's earthquake. he said the u.s. is ready to
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provide assistance, including search and rescue teams. meantime, the investigation into russian interference is beginning to focus more on donald trump's actions after he became president. sources told cnn robert mueller has requested a wide aray of white house documents including those related to the firing of michael flynn and fbi director james comey, in addition "the washington post" is reporting that then trump campaign forest paul manafort offered to give private briefings to a russian billionaire with ties to the kremlin. we'll show a clearer picture of how russia may have had influence over voters.
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it involves twitter. >> twitter says it is not in the business of policing political thoughts. and while twitter will not confirm russian actors were using its platform to meddle in the 2016 laekelection, the proo adding up. this blasted with pro-trump rhetoric, and among the followers was se gas yan gorka. what others may be surprised to learn is the account has been outed by russian journalists as part of russia propaganda. it has been part of the link of the agency, which is a shadow
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company tied to kremlin. twitter accounts created as part of the russia propaganda campaign helped the russians form an army of automated twit erbots and trolls that supported one candidate. >> most of the accouns are made to look like trump supporters but begin and end in russia. >> 17 million tweets were analyzed and found networks of automated accounts that retweet each other and found a powerful role attacking the u.s. through fake news. >> this is manufacturing interest in a tweet by rapid fire repeating these retweets. >> right. people like to tell me propaganda has been around forever, but when you enhance
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doing. they said getting the information was an important part of russia's disinformation campaign. >> the hope of the creator of the bot is that someone picks it up and tweets it out and lots of other people make it viral. those things were started as small trends, pushed out by bots and then -- >> the company will remove accounts linked to terrorism or those who promote hateful conduct but when it comes to real news or fake, twitter writes, it's a powerful antidote to the spreading of all types of information. this is important because we, twitter, cannot distinguish whether every single tweet from every person is truthful or not. drew giriffin, cnn atlanta.
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. . welcome back, everybody. the mexican president is seeing the earthquake damage up close. the president visited a central mexican town nearly leveled by the cake. at least 12 people were killed. mexico has declared three days of mourning for the earthquake victims. and pope francis is sending condolences and prayers to the mexican people. during a speech at the vatican, he expressed his closeness and solidarity with the mexican people. >> translator: yesterday, a terrible earthquake devastated mexico. i saw there are many mexicans today among you. it caused many victims and
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material damage. in this moment of pain, i want to express my closeness and my prayer to all of the beloved mexican population. >> so let's get an update now on what many of these communities are facing in terms of the safety of the buildings. let's talk about the danger being imposed by these buildings which may not be structurally sound. >> trying to build a new building, this -- it's been like -- it helped in this one, like a lot of buildings are coming down.
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>> there have been some new buildings which came. they have a hospital just constructed four or five years ago that collapsed. so are these codes up to standards? >> the ground in mexico city is very soft, because it was a lake. so mexico city is surrounded by mountains. if you drop something into a bathtub, the waves -- >> they say it's like building on jelly. >> sometimes. in this case, if you try to go deeper, you can find water 50 centimeters under the surface. so the underground is very unstable, very soft. >> also, the tectonic plates that mexico city is built on, very susceptible to earthquakes. i was reading a magnitude 9.0 is
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not out of the question. is there any way you can construct a building that can withstand that energy? >> there's supposed to be a sign to tolerate this kind of earthquakes. but let me tell you something, last week we had an earthquake, and it was 8.4. >> 8.1, i think. >> which is higher than the one in '85. we didn't feel it almost, because very far from here. in this case, it was like very soft and 40 kilometers away from her. >> and it was a very shallow quake. >> yes. it's a really sad story. but there are some more
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neighborhoods and cities and towns around the area that has been damaged. the center of the earthquake, there's been like two towns that it has -- they're really damaged. but there are some others that they haven't been helped. there are a lot of volunteers trying to help, but we're trying to prevent these kind of situations, because the government is not doing the right thing. >> we're going to find out more about the government response, not just here in mexico city but the outlying areas and find out what is going on in those regions and if you say the government is not doing enough, i guess we'll find out. thank you so much. good to speak with you. we're coming to the top of the hour now, so that is "cnn newsroom" from mexico city. i'm john vause. a lot more of the aftermath of the earthquake here in mexico city and the region, as well as
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