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african-americans, fred. >> natasha chen, thank you so much. we'll check back with you. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. hello again, everyone. thank you so much for being with me. i'm fredricka whitfield. it is noon in the east coast and 9 a.m. in the west coast as another powerful earthquake has hit southern california, this one near ridgecrest with a magnitude of 7.1 magnitude. this jolt 11 times stronger than the one that hit the same area the day before. moments ago emergency officials warning residents that some homes and buildings may have been weakened or damaged by the quake and could be -- everyone could be in danger of experiencing morning strikes. >> we know through time that
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buildings are going to get weaker. a 6.4, 7.1. maybe it's not a 7.1 next time but maybe it's lower. with that there could be more damage just because structures are weakened. we just need to be vij lanlt gi the community of ridgecrest is. they're strong and vigilant people doing a great job and have a lot of perseverance. >> this major quake knocked out power and water to the area and sparked several fires. so far there have been no reports of deaths or serious injuries. the epicenter of the quake missed the major cities nearby. you see los angeles and even las vegas. let's go now to cnn's sara sidner in ridgecrest. >> reporter: it turned out the
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6.4 magnitude quake was just a foreshock. about 8:20 friday night the violent jolt from a 7.1 magnitude quake traumatized the town again. >> cars just started dancing. the dogs were freaking out. the cattle behind us were going nuts. >> it ruptured gas lines, caused fires. >> everybody okay? >> reporter: knocked out power. left some residents scraped and bruised and at the very least scared. >> many of them are sleeping outside tonight. we are offering any services as noted earlier. we have places for people to shelter here, but many are choosing to just be with their neighbors, both in their sidewalks, in their driveways and some of them are in the streets. >> reporter: in the nearby city of bakersfield, the shifting earth sent rocks cascading on to
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a highway and created cracks along the highway. across the california border in las vegas, the shaking sent a wave of panic in the stands during the nba las vegas summer league game. and more than 150 miles away in los angeles, tens of thousands of l.a. dodgers fans felt the familiar yet unnerving jostling from the quake, though the game went on. near the epicenter, seismologists say there is still a chance that the 7.1 is only a foreshock, but the more likely scenario is strong aftershocks that go on for days. >> it's a very energetic system, sequence. so there's no reason to think that we can't have more large earthquakes. >> and the number of aftershocks are very apparent. we felt a few early this morning. so far according to u.s.g.a.'s data, there has been since the
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6.4 earthquake on july 4th, there have been more than 2,300 aftershocks but to be clear, some of them are small enough that you don't really feel them, they're closer to the epicenter, not big events. some of them are large enough to make it rattle and roll around here. the residents here are simply tired of worrying about the fact that there could potentially, about a 5% chance or so potentially be a one earthquake that is bigger than the 7.1. everyone here hoping that is not the case. but one thing to keep in mind we heard from the fire chief a bit ago is that every time there's shaking that is significant enough, it can weaken structures even further. so far we've been driving around this town here in ridgecrest. everyone says they have some kind of damage but we haven't seen any major damage except for fires, four of them in the past 12 hours, the fire chief told
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us. >> sara sidner, thank you so much. joining me on the phone is sarah tanner. she lives in ridgecrest where that earthquake hit. how are you feeling today? >> a little tired. nerves are rattled. >> so explain to me what it is you experienced last night. >> about -- i guess it was about 8:20 or whatever, we first had a -- i guess it was probably a foreshock at that point, and we had kind of gone to go outside then and one of the dogs got out and we went to chase her. thankfully everyone went outside to do so because we were outside for the 7.1. but it just amazing to see how the cars were rolling -- not rolling but moving on their axels and the ground looked like
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it was literally rolling. it was crazy. >> what about your home? how is your home? did you see any visible fractures or anything like that? >> we have not noticed -- we've looked, we have not seen any damage whatsoever. fortunately we've been able to -- we have become just the safe haven for family and friends and friend of people -- just people that needed somewhere to go to get out of their houses and somewhere safe to sleep for the night. >> so many people, their nerves were so rattled that, yes, they are taking up on the offers of going to friends' homes, staying together. describe to me what the psychology is for so many of your friends and family members who say, yeah, let's all stick together. is it more comforting to be en masse in one place or are you finding there are some friends and family members who are even fearful about being indoors?
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>> definitely fearful. a lot of us are fearful for being indoors. i think it was probably 1:30 or 2:00 this morning before we came back inside. and, you know, started getting some beds together. some people slept inside and some slept outside because they were more comfortable with it. we all were terrified. some of us are so tired at this point from not sleeping because it's just been shaking pretty much constantly since thursday morning. so we're only getting a few hours of sleep, you know, kind of here and there, in between significant jolts. >> so this will be like day three of anxiety. how long do you think you're going to feel on edge like this? >> knowing that we live in
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ridgecrest, i've lived here my whole life. we've been the earthquake capital before and we never had a quake of this magnitude but we've gone through periods of time where we've had shakers all the time. i know that's probably what's coming and isn't going to end any time soon. but the psychology of it is a lot different knowing that we just had this big one. it going to be interesting to see how we -- >> well, we are with you, we are wishing you and everybody there the best. >> you're welcome. >> thank you so much. >> a couple things i in thenoti the media if it can help, i noticed a lot of damage that hasn't been addressed on the east side of town, technically san bernardino county. there was from what i know quite a few homes that were probably red tagged over there from being
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thrown off their foundation and all kinds of other problems as well. so i know people that have lost their homes as a result -- not from fire but as a result of the shaking itself. and i know that, you know, we're not getting -- here where we live, we're so secluded, we don't have our own news networks or anything like that. so we're really depending on l.a. or national media to kind of tell us what's going on. there's a real shortage of information for us so we really appreciate what you're doing. >> sara, hopefully that information that you just conveyed now can actually help get the assistance to places that may be harder to reach and folks didn't otherwise know before you shared that with us. sara tanner, thank you so much for your time and information. really appreciate it. >> still ahead, the earthquakes in california are putting tremendous pressure on emergency
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we're continuing to follow breaking news out of southern california. a 7.1 earthquake hit last night and is the second to rock the
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ridgecrest area in just two days. last night this chaotic scene at the regional hospital. patients being wheeled out to the parking lot, some still hooked up to i.v.s, nurses having to tend to patients in complete darkness. the hospital closed after thursday's quake and we're learning it could remain closed for at least another week. outside they set up a triage center for emergencies. and that's where we find cnn correspondent stephanie elam. tell us more about what people are experiencing there. >> well, fred, i can tell you that we now know that the hospital has been restored with its power. that's the good news. however, because of that shaking, because of the intensity of that earthquake here and think about it, people have some serious medical concerns inside of the hospital, they wanted them out of here. they went ahead and evacuated those people out to hospitals, most likely west of here towards the los angeles area. they have set up some cots that are out here and tents out here in the parking lot.
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right now there's nobody in them and they're really not planning on opening up. they're partially open. if someone came in with an emergency, they would help them as best they could but would want to transfer them to a different hospital here. keep in mind, when an earthquake hits, you're supposed to drop cover and hold on, that's what you're supposed to do. you can't necessarily do that if you're at the hospital. that's part of the reason they didn't want to take any chances here and they wanted to evacuate. the other issue is after a 7.1 earthquake, any of the aftershocks could be sizable in and themselves. that could be more danger. you've heard about the people who have been staying outside because they were afraid to be inside of their homes because of what could fall, let alone if a wall were to fall or anything like that. these concerns are also part of the reasons why they're keeping people out of these buildings, especially if they're already in medical need. they want to keep them safe, as we are still experiencing aftershocks in the ridgecrest area. some of them you do take note of
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for sure. >> you mention, stephanie, power back on. did they also have a chance to really inspect and see what kind of damage that hospital may have endured? >> reporter: that's what all of these precautions are about. because with each earthquake a building could be compromised a little bit more. think about if you had like a glass on a table and if you shook it and you shook it again and you shook it again and finally that third one might be the one that knocks that glass off the table. it's the same sort of idea. because of that they want to inspect all of these if a sifac. when the earthquake hit, the sun was up but on its way down at the time. because of that they aren't able to get a really good idea of what was happening until now when the sun is up. they're taking a better look, making sure everything is okay before they open it up but it might not be until next week. >> experts are warning that an even more powerful quake could hit southern california in a matter of days.
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cnn meteorologist ivan cabrera joins us from the weather center. 7.1 earthquake, that's pretty significant. people felt it hundreds of miles away. >> no question about it. a major earthquake, we only get about 15 worldwide throughout the year. what you said already happened, right? the 6.4 was supposed to be the main quake. it was a very small percentage we would get a stronger one and 34 hours after the 6.4, a major quake at 7.1, another shallow one. as you get further away from the epicenter, the shaking is not as significant. you're looking at 20 million people that felt light shaking in l.a., but close to the epicenter about 30,000 felt severe and that was not felt with the 6.4. look at all the aftershocks that continue, we're talking hundreds and hundreds and eventually thousands of aftershocks. we're not all going to feel
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those but they're still going to be there. this is the big question everyone is asking. 7.1, could we get something that is higher? could this be another foreshock? well, that's a possibility. it's very low, though. we're down to three. yesterday we were at four. the point is that this probability of getting something higher than a 7.1 will continue to go down. we're down to two tomorrow and the furst away we get from that 7.1, the greater the chances that we are done, at least with the major part of the quakes. but we'll continue with hundreds and eventually thousands of the aftershocks of this 7.1 major earthquake which we haven't seen in california in 20 years. the smaller earthquakes or aftershocks will continue to provide problems. we could have additional gas line breaks, additional power outages. look at the forecast here over the next few days. we're looking at temperatures in the upper 90s to low 100s. so on top of that, rescuers, folks trying to get their
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the u.s. justice department lawyers have told a federal judge in maryland that they are still looking for a way to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. the judge allowed an immigrant rights group to move forward with their lawsuit against the trump administration. an administration official says right now the census will be printed without the controversial question, but the president says he is considering one option in particular for adding it back in. >> reporter: are you going to do an executive order on the census? >> we're thinking about doing that. it's one of the ways. we have four or five ways we can do it. we're doing well on the census. >> sara westwood is traveling with the president as he spends the weekend at his golf resort
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in new jersey. after the citizenship census question was criticized by the supreme court, what is the president's argument for trying to revive this issue? >> reporter: fred, president trump is arguing it's still necessary to include that question in the census to determine whether a person answering is a citizen or a noncitizen. he's still fighting for this despite that ruling, that setback, from the supreme court. even though the commerce department has said they're starting to print the census without that citizenship question included, sources tell cnn the president has expressed frustration with the way this has been handled. president trump is arguing it's necessary for districting and to determine the al occas allocati taxpayer dollars. >> you need it for many reasons. number one, you need it for congress, for districting. you need it for appropriations. where are the funds going?
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how many people are there? are they citizens? are they not citizens? you need it for many reasons. >> reporter: now, justice department lawyers told a court yesterday that they're still exploring options for moving forward with the citizen ship question. the supreme court told the administration they needed to find a new rationale for the citizenship question if they wanted to include it but they didn't rule out including it altogether. president trump said he's considering four or five different options. one of them is that executive order. of course, he created some confusion earlier this week when he said he was not ready to give up the battle over the citizenship question after commerce secretary wilbur ross had said that the commerce department was going ahead and printing those forms. fred, it's clear the trump white house not giving up on this citizen question just yet. >> sarah westwood, thank you so much. coming up, former vice president joe biden facing tough questions
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florida. this plaza containing multiple businesses, a restaurant, a grocery store, it certainly would be a concern here, especially on a saturday afternoon here. when it comes to here, the plantation fire department saying there have been multiple patients here at this location. and this view shows some extensive damage, which is certainly something that will be highly concerning here for authorities. you're looking at a portion of what is an l.a. fitness there. i was looking at sort of a street view look at the area here and, as we said, there are multiple locations there, including that gym. at this point authorities are simply asking that people stay away from the region. they have been working the scene now for close to an hour and a half or so. but it really is quite dramatic scenes, live scenes, coming out of plantation, florida. authorities reporting an
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apparent gas explosion at a shopping center. this again in plantation, florida, just west of fort lauderdale, fred. we're going to stay in touch with authorities. as soon as we hear more about what is actually happening, we'll bring that information along to you. >> did i hear you correctly, you said working this for an hour and a half? meaning authorities have been on the scene for an hour and a half? or is it being reported at all that authorities that this explosion happened an hour and a half ago? >> reporter: the initial tweet, fred, was posted about three hours ago by the plantation fire department. and they said a gas explosion on the southern block and that there would be street closure, mainly university drive. that is one way of telling when this likely happened, but authorities have been there on the ground for quite some time. can you tell this investigation will be quite extensive because the damage is very extensive
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itself. >> yeah, this is very unsettling. thank you so much. we'll check back with you. of course we're pressing authorities in order to get some information as well. appreciate it. we'll be right back. of savings and service.
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welcome back. we're following breaking news out of plantation, florida. official there is confirming there was some sort of an explosion at a shopping center. we have not been told yet about details but our polo sandoval reporting there are multiple injuries they are tending to. we have cnn teams on the way. we'll update you as soon as we know more. meantime, former vice president joe biden hoping to steady the ship following a shaky debate performance. in a new cnn poll, his once commanding lead over the democratic field has all but eevaporate evaporated after the first debate. president trump seeming to seize on this claiming that biden is a
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reclamation project. here's part of cnn's exclusive interview with the former vice president. >> i was talking with you and jill. you said you expected to have a target on your back. but the intensity of some of, it did you see the questions about your past positions from the perspective of race being as relevant as they are? >> no, and i don't think they're relevant because they're taken out of context. what i didn't see is people who know me. they know me well. it's not like somebody who just came out of the blue and didn't know anything. it's so easy to go back 30, 40 and 50 years and take a context and take it completely out of context. i get all this information about other people's past and what they've done and not done, and, you know, i'm just not going to go there. if we keep doing that, we should
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be debating what we do from here. for example, this whole thing about race and bussing. i think if you take a look, our positions aren't any different as we're finding out. >> it was senator harris who says she sees it as a tool, not a must in all circumstances. >> well, look at my record. >> i don't think bussing is about policy, mr. president. i think it's about principle. when you look back at your record on it, you were not in favor of bussing. it was a different time, there were different applications. why not just own it and say i was against it but now i've changed. >> i was in favor of bussing that was -- if the court ruled there was a law passed or a circumstance that a county, a city, a state did that prevented black folks from being somewhere, that's wrong, you should bus. i went so far as saying i'd use helicopters if that was necessary to make the point. and we really got in a town meeting that got very hot.
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but what the issue is now is, for example, and it was then, voluntary bussing, we supported it. we supported it then. and by the way, barack obama and i as president and vice president, we provided money for voluntary bussing if cities wanted to do it. >> i'm not questioning any of that. when you look back in the 70s, you said i think bussing doesn't work, it's an asanine concept. >> bussing does not work. my state is the eighth largest black population in the country as a percent of population. they do not support it. how do you equalize education in every area? i put forward the most aggressive plan to do that and i've been pushing it for a long time. for example, title i schools, schools for disadvantaged, i proposed we go from 15 billion a year to 45 billion a year. preschool from 3, 4, 5 years ve-
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old, before kindergarten. look, every child out there, every child out there is capable but they live in circumstances that make it difficult from the time they get to school, they heard 3 million, 4 million fewer words spoken. they're at a disadvantage. right now the idea that 65 out of 100 jobs point out you need something beyond a high school degree. so what are we doing? we're sitting around here as if it's an insoluble problem. >> i get it on the policy. i never have viewed the bussing back and for the on that debate as about policy or application and how to affect civil rights. it's about consistency and proving you'll be better than what we are in the white house right now, that people don't tell the truth about things. if bussing didn't work and you weren't for it, why not just be straight about it and move on? >> number one, i was for
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voluntary bussing. i was for bussing where the court showed that in fact a legislative body took an action preventing black folks from going to a school. that is du joure segregation. the third one one is do you have an administration through their nonelected officials, the department of housing, decide every school should be equally balanced across the board? that's a different issue. and the way to deal with that problem is what i did from the time i was a kid. i got out of law school, came back, had a great job, became a public defender. i fought for putting housing -- low-income housing in suburbia. i talked about eliminating red lines and that school districts should be consolidated. >> why didn't you fight it like this in the debate? >> in 30 seconds? >> what happens most in the debate, people blow their time
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queue. you're the only person in a debate where i heard say i'm out of time. >> do you think the american people looked at that debate and thought take me out of it, i like the way that's being conducted. they're showing themselves to do really well. >> but they're going to come after you. >> sure they're going to. >> were you prepared for them to come after me? >> i was prepared but not the way -- she knew beau, she knows me. anyway, here's the deal. what i do know and it's the good and the bad news. the american people think they know me and they know me. since that occurred, i had the most sought-after endorsement for the mayor of atlanta, a black leader, endorse me. i've had numerous members of the black caucus endorse me. >> are you worried about the polls slipping after the debate? >> no, no, these folks just came. i'm making the point to you, i don't see it. i don't believe there's anybody
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out there that believes i have anything other than a keen and consistent interest in making sure every child is -- these are all our children. >> still to come, new shocking evidence painting a startling picture of customs and border patrol, a second facebook group where c.b.p. office post vulgar posts. what does this do to the credibility of the agency? more right after this. do you like stranger things? sure you do. that's why netflix is on us. two unlimited data. use as much as you want, when you want. three no surprises on your bill. taxes and fees included. still think you have a better deal? bring in your discount, and we'll match it. that's right. t-mobile will match your discount.
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. another death at the border is bringing further scrutiny of migrant detention facilities. a 52-year-old man from nicaragua is the 12th person from central america to die in u.s. customs and border patrol custody since september. democrats and activists have put the trump administration under pressure saying the facilities are overcrowded and unsanitary, but president trump said the facilities are being run, his word, beautifully. meanwhile, facebook is stepping in and has removed content that contain vulgar and sexual lifly explicit video and images. what is the impact that these
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social media groups have on c.b.p. operations now? >> it shows the power now. c.b.p. has over 60,000 employees that are dedicated to the mission. there's a small group of people, when you talk about the total numbers, it's a small group of people that have posted these derogatory statements online in a closed group on facebook. from an operational standpoint, there really is little impact today. it's more of a reputational impact. immigration activists are going to try to seize upon this as a moment to undermine the credibility of c.b.p. at a time when they're already under scrutiny. that puts senior leadership in a very difficult position on how do you address this issue for people who may or may not be actual employees of the agency itself? how do you correct the narrative and make sure the mission of
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c.b.p. is folk focused and we do have this reputational issue? >> does disciplinary action become difficult? how an agency zero in on responsibility? >> leadership from both the agency and the department of homeland security are taking the appropriate steps to make attribution to see if there are current employees who are making those statements within the group. then you move into a potential adverse action position where that speech online is not protected. it's not fully protected as free speech when you're a government employee. so there are ramifications for making bias-based and derogatory statements online. this will set a precedent moving forward on how these types of groups are addressed within law enforcement broadly and the c.b.p. >> jonathan wackrow, thank you
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checking our top stories, the royal family has just released these new images of prince harry and megan markle's son, archie. the royal couple thanked the public for their kindness in celebrating this moment. the identity of baby archie's godparents still unknown. wh what a gorgeous picture there. >> and 15-year-old sensation
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coco gauff is still winning. >> she's america's teen-age sensation. throughout this past week we've admired her infectious enthusiasm, her undeniable talent and her class on and off the course. now it's time to admire another, her resiliency and sheer will to win. she dropped the first set to her opponent. her body language giving little indication of the sensational comeback that was to come. she saved not one but two match points, went a set and 5-2 down and coco, who had been afforded centre court billing no less and would level the match by winning a tiebreaker. the reaction by her and her devoted parents absolutely
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priceless. if hercog was expecting her to fold, forget it. gauff showing nerves of steel and maturity way beyond her years. she now faces simona halep, who simply does not know the meaning of defeat. >> the crowd was behind me and that's something i appreciated during the match. it's just crazy. i remember before i played venus. when you walk to leave the practice courts, there are people waiting. one little kid asked me for a picture and then after the next day after i played venus, everybody was screaming my name so it's pretty surreal how life changes in a matter of seconds.
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>> it is indeed all to play for then for coco gauff at this year's wimbledon as the story continues. next up in action on monday against simona halep. >> can't wait to see more. it all starts right now. hello and welcome again to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm fredricka whitfield at cnn's world headquarters in atlanta. we are following breaking news out of plantation, florida where police are responding to a gas explosion in a shopping center. these are live pictures right now. it appears to show part of in a plaza devastated there. polo sandoval is following the developments for us. what more are you learning? >> reporter: this is what the fire department in

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