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i'm jim rosenfield. >> and i'm jacqueline london. up next is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. we'll see you back here tonight at 11:00. breaking news tonight, a massive earthquake strikes in the heart of mexico, collapsing buildings, reports of dozens killed and people trapped in the rubble. also breaking, a category 5 monster closing in on puerto rico, meth in san juan in path of direct hit. donald trump's threat, total destruction of north korea, mocking kim jong-un. >> rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself. >> calling the iran deal embarrassment, iran's leader issues a warning. where the money coming? tonight we get answers. >> and trouble in store as retail giant files for bankruptcy.
"nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in work, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening and thank you for being with us tonight. nature assaulting on two big fronts tonight as we come on the air. puerto rico staring down what could be most dangerous hurricane ever to make a direct hit there. mayor of san juan's emotional plea as people head to shelters, fearing the worst. but first the unfolding earthquake disaster in mexico, toppled buildings in mexico city, sending thousands fleeg into the streets. tonight untold numbers of people trapped or missing and dozens already known to be dead. migu
miguel almig ga with details. >> reporter: thousands running for their lives. screams filling the streets of mexico city as buildings break apart and fear floods the capital. the 7.1 tremor bringing the region to its knees. buildings that didn't collapse swayed across the skyline of one of the world's biggest cities, plumes of dust rising from where structures used to stand. this man says we're trying to clear the streets so ambulances and firefighters can get through. now the desperate race for rescues, removing debris from where many could be still buried alive. death toll uncertain but scene is grim. this woman said it was terrifying. first responders scouring schools and hospitals, country on shaky ground. epicenter 76 miles southeast of mexico
city. earlier this month, an 8.1 earthquake killed 100 people in southern mexico. today's tremor comes exactly 32 years after the 1985 earthquake that killed as many as 10,000. in a country that uses an early warning system for earthquakes, today there was none. >> because the soil in mexico city amplifies shaking by a factor of 100 or more, they get a lot of damage from far away earthquakes. >> reporter: tonight mexico is in a state of emergency, region in peril, bracing for aftershocks. >> after the 1985 earthquake stricter building codes were ordered that undoubtedly saved lives today. >> amid that emergency in mexico as we said is the top of the
brought, another natural disaster taking aim tonight in the caribbean. category 5 hurricane maria, raking islands already battered by irma, closing in on puerto rico. first nbc's gabe gutierrez is on the ground in san juan. what does the scene look like? >> reporter: the wind is picking up, so the surf. over the next few hours expecting maria's outer rain bands and window to escape the island is closing quickly. airport is shutting down as governor warns of catastrophic impact. a monster category 5 juggernaut is tearing through the caribbean. pounding island of goo guadalupe, on the here a direct hit. prime minister rescued from his home. winds swept away the roofs of almost every person i've spoken to.
in puerto rico, a scramble to board up historic old san juan. a hurricane irma evacuee from stt john is bracing for maria. >> left unsafe house to come here where there's another strong storm coming. >> reporter: authorities here practically begging people in vulnerable flood zones and fragile wooden buildings to evacuate, coast guard preparing now to help with search and rescue later. >> ready to respond after the storm to rescue people and reopen the critical ports and waterways in puerto rico. >> reporter: evacuees streaming into shelters. >> this scares me, didn't have chance to rebuild from the first. >> this is going straight to the island. don't mess around. >> reporter: much stronger maria is expected to knock out power to some homes for four to six
months. >> our electrical system and power system was weak before and practically shattered. >> reporter: tonight the city's mayor has a message for rest of the u.s. >> remember that you are part of us, even if you're not here. don't forget us. just don't forget us. >> reporter: gabe gutierrez, nbc news, san juan, puerto rico. >> al roker is here. looking like puerto rico can't miss this. >> just about run out for track change. powerful storm. rain in san juan now, 165-mile-an-hour winds moving west-northwest at ten miles an hour, hits the virgin islands, storm surges of 7 to 11 feet. moves into puerto rico tonight and early tomorrow morning as category 5. surge 6 to 9 feet.
150-mile-an-hour winds. continuing to turks and caicos, 12 to 18 inches of rain. jose, right now tropical storm watches and warnings, loop de loop, causes wind and rain and coastal flooding but good news is jose will help keep maria from striking the mainland, it splits uprights between two high pressure systems and hopefully allow maria to escape and we will get away unharmed in coastal atlantic united states. here in new york tonight, fallout from the united nations as president trump delivered first address to u.n. general assembly, threatening to destroy north korea, mocking kim jong-un, calling him rocket man on suicide mission. calling iran nuclear deal an embarrassment. question is will he pull the u.s. out of
the agreement? more from allie jackson. >> reporter: north korea's delegation walking out. leaving low level official in second row, as pre president before 193 nations threatened to wipe one of them off the map. >> the united states has great strength and patience. but if it's forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. >> that moment met with gasps inside the room as president trump who orphan coins nicknames for political opponents followed up with new one for kim jong-un. >> rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime. >> benjamin nettia hew nodding and clapping when closest ally slammed the iranian deal. >> frankly that deal
is embarrassment to the united states and i don't think you've heard last of it. >> reporter: repeatedly stressed sovereignty but only once brought up russia's intrusion into the ukraine or election interference. instead praised his own performance and encouraged others to adopt their version of america first, his campaign pledge. >> i will always put america first, just like you as the leaders of your countries will always and should always put your countries first. >> reporter: it's a significant shift from past presidents who used this platform to promote u.s. values. >> he's the first american president since the 1920s to say to the rest of the world, you're on your own. >> reporter: after the speech? >> it went well, had what i had to say. >> reporter: allies and adverse aerss what
they had to say. >> nettia hue said never heard a bolder speech. foreign minister of iran which president trump blasted accused the president of ignorant hate speech. >> minutes before ripped iran in nuclear deal, i sat down with iran's president hassan ya haudy who pointed out u.n. watchdog has found iran in compliance and warned that u.s. stands to lose trust and credibility on the world stage if it plays out threat to abandon the deal. some of our conversation. >> translator: exiting of the united states from such an agreement would carry a high cost. meaning that subsequent to such a probable action by the united states of america, no one will trust america again. and there is no higher price to be paid than
this. because after such a possible scenario, which country would be willing to sit across the table from the united states of america and talk about international issues? this will mean it will carry with it the lack of subsequent trust from countries towards the united states because the greatest capital that any country has is trust and credibility. >> would you sit down and have a conversation with president trump? do you think that would be helpful? >> translator: in the previous administration, perhaps the atmosphere, the proper atmosphere was being prepared for such a potential dialogue. however, the tone and various positions taken by mr. trump thus far has defeated the possibility. unless we see and witness a change in positions of the united states of america. when the united states government in very transparentally speaks of aim of regime
change in iran, talking in bilateral fashion becomes very meaningless. in the current atmosphere i do not see the current requirements for such a meeting. >> the trump administration representatives, president in new york, and they are putting iran essentially in the same basket as north korea, portraying both countries as threat to stability and peace and calling on the world to act. how do you feel when you hear iran and north korea spoken about in the same breath? >> translator: it is very incorrect to say such a thing. north korea has said in very straightforward manner that i seek nuclear weapons. it tests nuclear weapons. there is nothing hidden in north korea, north korea a country who today is in the nuclear club and has
nuclear weapons. iran is completely the opposite point. >> despite tough words united states has certified iran's compliance with the deal before and scheduled for next report in october. new questions raised about the red cross, americans donating to aid victims of hurricane harvey. weeks after that storm, families in houston who said they were promised immediate relief are asking where is the money? katie beck is on the trail. >> reporter: street after street across houston, a struggle to move forward. >> it's just hard to look at every day. >> it is. >> reporter: scars of hurricane harvey still piled high on the curb. >> i wasn't sure my kids were going to make it through the night. >> reporter: desperate straits tougher after seeking financial help from american red cross and getting
nowhere. money promised to victims through immediate assistance program, $400 per family. >> we're not expecting to see insurance funds for several months and meanwhile we still have to live. >> reporter: one of many denied immediate help after red cross online systems crashed from heavy volume. calls left unanswered weeks after the storm. mayor responding. >> if you promise people something, you got to make it happen. otherwise, don't promise at all. >> reporter: it's not first time red cross has faced controversy, snalt committee report in 2016 finding quarter of donations to haiti earthquake went to administrative costs, red cross disputed. now criticism of the harvey response. >> reporter: can you understand why people are frustrated? >> we do apologize for not communicating and quickly and transparentally as we needed to. >> the red cross telling us their
system couldn't handle the demand. given out $45 million so far and immediate assistance program will be working by thursday. >> red cross is supposed to be there to help you. we want that help. >> reporter: storm victims hoping this time the funds will start flowing out as quickly as they flooded in. nbc news, houston. still ahead, another iconic american store chain facing major troubles, american store chain facing major troubles, toys "r" us ♪ american store chain facing major troubles, toys "r" us ♪ ♪ ♪
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