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powerful sounds of the newest fissure suddenly opening. hawaiian residents are being urged to prepare to evacuate while spewing lava sends fears of explosions. projectiles the size of refrigerators could appear without warning. ash could blow feet into the air. families have already vevacuate the area and thousands are on stand-by prepared to evacuate at any moment. our reporter has not evacuated, unlike many of his neighbors. scott, what is the status of where things stand now, where you are, your fear level, et cetera?
>> my fear level is zero. i'm in the safest place. what's cool this morning, when i went to walk my dogs about 3:30 this morning, i saw the sky glowing red. and i thought, huh, that must be fissure number 15 or 16. when i got home, i started hearing explosions, and apparently that was the newest number 18 that opened up. so from my house, maybe three and a half, four miles from number 18, and it was the loudest-sounding fissure that i've heard in this whole event, yet the farthest away from my house. >> so the loudest you've ever heard, but you told me in the very beginning that your fear level is at zero. >> correct. >> what keeps you so calm and collected about this? >> all the action is heading away from me, east. all the wind direction is in my favor. and you mentioned there are several homeowners that did not
evacuate. we're all in the same area inside the subdivision. so awfll of us, our fear level literally zero. >> have you experienced this type of activity from kilowea before and that is why you're so calm about it? >> i have not experienced this before. i'm just very calm for our safety. it's important for us to understand that awfll of us residents who have not evacuated, we're ready to leave at any time. we have bags packed just in case so if something does change, we're out of here. >> explain how quickly you can mobilize while you have bags packed. explain to me how easy it is to get out of your community if the threat does get closer to you, getting off the island.
describe that for me. >> the main road from my house is about 15 seconds away, so that's a non-issue. getting to the helo airport is a non-issue as well. really, there's no issues. that's the way we look at it, anyway. >> scott wiggers, all the best to you. thank you so much for your time and being so descriptive about your experience there on the big island with these fissures opening. scott just described the closest fissure is something like four miles away, but he could hear that huge explosion. so with three new fissures opening in the past several hours, does this indicate a major eruption could be imminent? let's bring in meteorologist tom sater in the cnn weather center. tom, how disconcerting are these cracks? >> it's trying to release pressure, but the kind of pressure it's releasing, of course, is in the form of toxic
flames and lava. it's still a very active volcano, kilowea not only with steam, but look at the tremor activity. 24 or 25 miles away is that east rift. now, the fissures have been really kind of in no organized pattern. they've been opening some to the southwest, some to the northeast. today was mentioned but it's more to the northeast, so you have these two areas of activity. the lava inside the crater is actually feeding the lava underground, so when the fissure is open, it's draining the crater of the lava. why this is so important, and it's concerning, because the more lava released in these fissures means the lake is dropping. when you look at the fissures, there is no random concerning kind of methodology here, they're all over the place. but it's the northeast further away that seems to be showing the lava. what you're looking at is the lava lake.
this is april 23rd. watch it drop. may 5th. we're going to go to may 6th. it continues to drop inside the crater because it's coming out the fissures. the problem is this. let's talk about it this way. when you talk about a metre, that's just over three feet. down to 460 meters is the lava table. this lava has droppe more than 350. when it releases the pressure, the boulder is packed like a cannon, and you can have a massive eruption like they had in 1984. some are like 14 tons. that's like a semi tractor-trailer blowing a couple miles. that's concerning. >> at the very least, that's very descriptive. >> it doesn't mean it will. >> that's the potential. it's now been ten days since the volcano first erupted in this manner, sending lava to
communities and huge ash being seen in the sky. now new concern for residents who fear a much bigger explosion could be on the way just as tom described there. cnn's gallagher joining me now. >> frank was symptomatic of a lot of people on the island. they've been dealing with this but not to that extent. they feel perhaps it's not going to affect them. authorities, however, would like them to get over that relaxed feeling and really take heed of these warnings, because the key here is it's unpredictable. exploding through the earth. this weekend three new vents spewing lava up into the air like a fountain. >> this is the first time in my life it scared me to death. >> reporter: an eruption at this
crater is possible, one that could shoot debris into the air in any direction with ash plumes over the entire area. a fissure opened up sunday morning coming up along the side of highway 132. >> the first thing i noticed was i heard something like a jet turbine. >> reporter: the 16th and 17th fissures erupting on saturday, about a mile from the pahoa venture. >> i didn't want to be there in case some fractured material decided to ignite and go up. >> john evacuated his home on monday, before they decided to remove some of the chemicals. but he returned to his home before it started spewing on saturday. you can see it ripped through neighborhoods earlier this week, destroying nearly 30 homes, damaging almost 40 more,
clouding the air with dangerous gases and fog. >> it's not like it's a hurricane where you think, in three days it will be here and go, or a forest fire. this is almost like a slow motion train wreck. >> reporter: with more than 2,000 residents already under a mandatory evacuation order, authorities are warning others to prepare to get out now because they can't predict where, when or how powerful kilowea's next eruption will be. >> people who live on the west side of the island, they're worried about fog. they can't get these masks. when a new shipment arrives, the line is stretched around the block. they just don't have enough. these masks are likely not going to protect you from the sulphur dioxide that's in the air. they're worried about those ash plumes, the falling of ash, if that eruption occurs. some of the authorities are
afraid if they have these masks, it could create a false sense of security, so people think they're okay. again, they warn, this is not going to protect you from sulphur dioxide. >> and you have a perspective on this because you lived nea near oahu. people are living near volcanic activity all of the time. but this is different. this is a different kind of activity from kiloweah than people are used to. >> right, kiloweah has been erupting as long as i've been alive. back in 2014 there was lava flow but it never quite made it onto the highway. there was fear then. several years before that and through time, but this is a bit extreme because of the differences in where the fissures are happening. we haven't seen it, at least in recent memory in my lifetime, of it breaking apart there. now people who live on the other side of the island over by the
volcanos this is, again, just unpredictable. you heard them describing -- even scott, the woman there in our story, they haven't heard it like this. we were just talking about listening to that lava. it sounds like ocean waves. >> unlike the beautiful ocean sound, but it does sound like that. >> it destroys everything, again, in its path. coming up, a historic moment just hours away as the u.s. prepares to open its embassy in jerusalem. the ceremony is expected to take place. all of this amid violent protesting gaza. how a movement could affect peace in the region, next. ( ♪ )
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thousands more palestinian protesters at the gaza border ahead of the opening of the u.s. embassy in jerusalem tomorrow. this shows them destroying a gaza tunnel with an airstrike overnight. jared kushner and ivanka trump have arrived to be across jerusalem, praising president trump for moving the embassy there and recognizing jerusalem as the capital of israel, but the backlash has turned deadly. palestinian protesters were seen carrying a body through the streets of gaza yesterday. the man was shot and killed by israeli troops on friday. all of this comes after a barrage of rockets and missiles this week marking the most direct confrontation to date between israel and iran. this escalation believed to be a result of trump's decision to withdraw from the iran nuclear deal. cnn's ian lee is standing by for
us in gaza where the israeli troops have doubled on the border, but i want to go to elise lavin who is live four us on the border. elise? >> reporter: the streets of jerusalem have been blocked off around the embassy while flags are planted, both israeli and american. you can see president trump signs, make america great again, make israel great again. so certainly a lot of attention being paid to this ceremony tomorrow. in addition to ivanka trump, jared kushner, deputy secretary of state john sullivan will be leading the delegation. there will also be a very controversial prayer given by the pastor robert jefrus, who is a pastor from dallas. very controversial remarks in the past against muslims, against gays. he will be speaking, giving the prayer before the ceremony, and
he says he will be talking about president trump in terms of his support for israel and the israelites. while he's not jewish, certainly that connection by evangelicals to israel. >> elise, thank you so much. so all of this happening as the volatile region is escalating closer to a boiling point. now let's check in with ian lee live from gaza. tell us what you're seeing there. >> reporter: fred, we were out at one of these camps that are along the gaza-israel border. there's five of them. people have been gathering them there for these weekly protests. we were there. we met a group of people. they were chanting, they're preparing. one chant was "no, no trump" and there is also a lot of movement on the embassy moving to this state.
they are trying to return the land that was lost to israel in the 1944 war. their goal is to cross that fence that separates the two areas, gaza and israel, and go into israel. they've talked about how they have wire cutters and they're going to rush the fence, and the israeli military is preparing for over 100,000 palestinians to gather on the fence tomorrow. on the streets tonight, we've heard loudspeakers calling for people to go out and protest. and at the same time, we've seen these leaflets here dropped in the air. these leaflets telling palestinians not to be part of what they say is hamas' operations along the border. dozens of palestinians have been killed in the past seven weeks of these protests, and tomorrow we're expecting it to be the biggest one to date. we're hearing also from the israeli military saying their rules of engagement are first to
warn palestinians not to approach the fence, then to use non-lethal means. and if they get too close to damaging the infrastructure, they will lose their insulation, thousands of palestinians going into israeli towns. we go out there and talk to people and they say they do want this to remain peaceful. they don't want to use violence, they just want to return to their land. as you can see, this is a recipe for another very deadly day along that border, fred. >> ian lee, thank you so much for that. so after railing against little rocket man, the trump administration has dramatically changed its tune when it comes to north korean dictator kim jong-un. the strategy behind the shift leading up to the summit between the two leaders. [park announcer] all military members stand and be recognized.
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the president uses to describe kim jong-un, at least up until a month ago. what can you tell us about this preparation for this june 12 meeting? >> reporter: that's right, fred, really a surprising shift in tone for president trump. we went from little rocket man to fire and fury to being gracious and gratitde expressed by the president. he has spent the day at the golf course in virginia that he owns, trump national golf course there, and it was his national security adviser jeff bolton who prioritized the summit with kim jong-un coming up in a little less than a month from now. they include foreign leaders, including chinese president xi jinping to become more familiar with kim jong-un. boris kind of expressing the importance of this upcoming summit, saying no american p
president has ever tried to do anything like this before. >> his preparations are extensive already. he's had an extensive conversation with xi jinping of china earlier this week. i think his preparations are very intense. people have said, well, you can't prepare in such a short time for such a momentous meeting. i had exactly the opposite reaction when i first heard about it. there is real utility in bringing these two leaders together, let them see each other and decide, in our case, whether we judge that kim jong-un has made a strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons. >> reporter: bolton believes it should not take too much time for president trump and the administration to find out if kim jong-un is serious about what he calls complete, total and verifiable, reversible denuclearization. he expanded saying these are ambitious goals, and he did note that there have been previous
denuclearization agreements previously with north korea that that regime has essentially voided. we should also note two things, those american prisoners released from north korea and arriving back in the united states thursday were able to leave the medical center today, they were reunited with their families. and one other quick thing, fred, happy mother's day. >> aw, thank you so much. boris sanchez at the white house, appreciate it. here to discuss, gail mclaron, good to see you all. we saw two key players in the administration talk about objectives ahead of the summit with north korea. let's listen to national security adviser john bolton. >> i think what the prospect for north korea is to become a normal nation, to behave and interact with the rest of the world the way south korea does. >> and then we've got a secretary of state mike pompeo
describing what it was like to actually meet with kim jong-un. >> he is very knowledgeable in the sense that he knows the files. he's very capable of engaging in a complex set of discussions. when i asked him a question about something that's a little off, he answers it. there is no cards. it is chairman kim, in this case, interacting with me directly, having a robust discussion about what the outlines of a successful negotiation between our two countries might ultimately be. >> gail, your take on all of this? lots of compliments, lots of optimism. what a change. >> it's a real change and we've got from rocket man to robust int interlocular. it shows the president's unpredictability along with predictability. he said he was going to get out of the iran deal, going to move the embassy. but with north korea, there is always a sense of what is going to come next. they said all along, we're willing to engage, we want to
have this dialogue, and they thought they had the means to get there. so this is a real high stakes diplomatic act we see now unfolding, and we don't know what comes next. the truth is a lot of folks will say, what we do know, a lot of what had been happening wasn't showing results, so let's see what comes next. >> then ahead of that june 12 scheduled meeting, let's have a look at what lindsey graham had to say when talking about congre congresses, potential response if north korea actually denuclearizes. >> if you could get north korea to give up their nuclear program, then there is more the possibility of giving them a better life. on one condition, that you give up your nuclear weapons program in a verifiable way. >> so jamie, also a promise of congressional support to help this country, not necessarily, he says, to become a democracy, but so people can have closer to normal lives. >> that's a huge moment.
but i do think, as a lot of people want to see, including republicans, is that they do want to see north korea is eradicating its nuclear weapons program. that's a big if. if they can't do that, how do we know if they're doing that, and it's going to be hard to prove. so i think that the administration is going to have to show more than tell here, and so is north korea, in order for congressional support to sort of come through here. and that is a big if. >> okay. so, nathan, north korea, iran, israel. this is an aggressive effort by the trump administration to really kind of underscore this is what their foreign policy looks like and potentially foreign policy achievements look like. are these likely to bring real achievements for this administration? >> we'll see what achievements they actually bring. i think to the president's
supporters, they're going to eat this up. they're going to love it that he's delivering on campaign promises. he's a straight shooter and he's doing exactly what he said he's going to do. i think for democrats, they're going to remain skeptical. i think the most liberal and progressive democrats are going to give the president credit for anything. i think they'll say anything that happens will probably be in spite of the president, not because of him. but the question are for those voters in the middle as we head into the november midterm elections, do those voters, does it soften their maybe angst or dissatisfaction with the president on some foreign policy he's able to deliver on, does it make it more likely for democrats to come to washington to be kind of a checks and balances for him during the second part of his first term. >> amy? >> i would have to agree with nathan. one thing here that's pretty clear is a lot of people like what they're seeing in terms of
trump in north kore trump and north korea, and the new cnn poll that came out shows that they like trump dealing in this way, they like that he's dealing with north korea. so i think this could play out pretty well for people who have been dissatisfied in a way with trump's foreign policy, and there is a lot of that. i mean, there has been a lot of consternation about the way he's handled certain things, including iran, and it goes on and on and on to paris, the accord and things like that. it will be interesting to see how this plays out. >> you have secretary steve mnuchin, you have advisers ivanka and jared kushner getting off the plane, then you've got conflict taking place as well. this move of the u.s. embassy to jerusalem, it is a controversial move. does it help or hurt the peace process? >> well, it all depends on who you talk to like everything with
the palestinian peace process, but what i think is fascinating is that, of course, the trump foreign policy folks will say, listen, this is what we said we were going to do. there have been waivers for years, we are going to do this. long ago this peace process faced enormous challenge, and i think the bigger question now is the regional one in terms of also israel and iran. i was just in syria and there was a lot of conversation about rising iranian influence going on there, and will israel's actions versus syria make the region more or less stable? i think all of these questions will be playing out. >> and you've got this pastor reverend, robert jeffries, who many say are controversial, giving a prayer at the opening tomorrow. he's called islam, quote, an evil religion. take a listen. >> it is an evil religion. it is an oppressive religion. it is a violent religion that
has incited the attacks around the world and the attacks against our country. >> so, nathan, how do you see his role setting a tone for what's to take place tomorrow? >> well, i think this is kind of more of what we've seen with the president. just when it looked like the president might be able to get something done that could get bipartisan support or more than just republicans can agree on, there is always this wild card. there is always this kind of other circus factor to things. having someone like the reverend involved, i think, just drawings attention to the potentially historic moment of what he's trying to do. i think overall what's interesting, like i said, the president's supporters are going to love this, but when we get to the midterm elections, he's not on the ballot and do the president's supporters turn out to vote when we're talking about republican senators or republican members of congress who don't have the same direct connection to him. >> so amy, have you seen this pastor involvement playing out?
>> i would have to agree with nathan. i think it's a dog whistle for trump supporters who like to see this kind of thing. it's going to also cause a lot of consternation with democrats, and they're going to have to voice their displeasure with it, so it's going to kind of appeal to both sides or appeal or not appeal to both sides, and that's how it's going to play out. i don't see it doing anything different. >> gail, last word? >> it's clearly not helpful, but i think all along we've seen the domestic lens really take over the global politics and policy lens. that in many ways is also true for israel or the netanyahu government as it is for trump. this really is a domestically aim ed foreign policy move. >> gail, nathan, thank you. i appreciate it. changing course after banning americans to work with a
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chinese phone company zte a way to get back in business fast. too many jobs in china lost. commerce department has been instructed to get it done. zte says its business was krip pelled after -- crippled after a u.s. ban against the company went into effect in america. they said it violated u.s. sanctions against north korea and iran and lied to u.s. officials. cnn money and politics correspondent christina leshi joins us now with more on -- really, christina, this is an about-face or at least a push on about-face. why? >> based on the president's tweets, he seems to say the u.s. punishment on china was simply too harsh. it caused too many job losses. now, just to take a step back, the administration was very harsh on this company in particular against a larger backdrop of just being tough on
china. now, in 2017, as you referenced, the u.s. imposed a heavy fine on this company in violation of u.s. sanctions for selling to north korea and iran. then it went even further last month by saying that the company lied about punishing some of its employees, and it imposed further punishment. now, it was that punishment in terms of basically the u.s. banned its companies from selling very important parts and software to this company, zte, which is a large phone maker, to make its product. and that essentially crippled major operations for the company. the company said last week it had halted trading on the major exchange in hong kong. so it seemed to have an impact, and now we're at a point where the administration, as you noted, is making a big
about-face. it is a big company, 75,000 employees in china, and it's not clear how many jobs were lost, but based on the president's tweet, it looked like a lot. >> lawmaker adam schiff said this about all that. i'm sorry, i think we have a tweet. sorry about that. >> he did have a tweet. he basically said, this isn't enough. our intelligence agencies have wonder that zte technologies and phones pose a major cyber security threat and that the president should care more about national security than chinese jobs. now, adam schiff is pointing out another problem with zte, which is that the congress has found -- actually several years ago congress had issued a report basically saying that zte's technology could be used to spy on u.s. citizens. and he's pointing out the fact that, look, you want to be tough on china, you want to be tough on this company, follow through. that's essentially what his tweet says, and that's probably
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the dress rather than us, but you'll hear us, yes. >> reporter: they sent several samples to the couple for them to select what they wanted. >> it's a very important moment, the moment of the wedding, and there is a lot of pressure involved. >> reporter: given prince harry's military service, it's no surprise the household cavalry has been asked to play an important role on the day. those who served alongside him in afghanistan remember him fondly. >> bags of humor which he seems to pull out of the bag even when the chips are down, people are hungry and fed up. he can still pull it out. >> reporter: some of his former service personnel will ride alongside the royal carriage while others will line the steps of the chapel. >> it means everything to me and to my men, and i like to think it means a lot to him knowing full well that the soldiers on parade have either served with him in operations abroad or have worked with him on training
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