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rafael teenager. he's got a rare form of leukemia. the team hopes the story will inspire fans to step up to the plate and tonight the breaking news as we come on. a massive explosion at a shopping center. more than 20 people injured. shock waves felt a mile away. gas shut off to the entire area. firefighters digging through mounds of debris for survivors and the cause of the blast. also breaking, more quakes. a 7.1 rocking southern california. >> get under the table. >> [ bleep ]. >> oh, my god. >> anxiety spiking. 4,800 aftershocks. fires and rockslides. the new warning tonight. in politics, biden on defense. for the first time the democratic front runner apologizing about his comments on segregationists as president trump sharpens his attack on the former vice president.
how biden is responding. severe storms strike. millions of americans in the path. from dangerous lightning strikes on the nation's beaches to the drenching rains and the excessive heat. and now reports of a tornado in south jersey. road rage manhunt. police looking for the driver that fired into this vehicle setting off fireworks and starting an inferno. two toddlers in that car pulled from those flames in critical condition tonight. plus, a group of police officers asked to leave a starbucks by a barista. told a customer, quote, did not feel safe. the coffee giant now apologizing. and royal christening. the glimpse inside the windsor castle. baby archie's close-up. good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the massive explosion at a florida shopping center. the blast happening in
plantation, florida not far from miami and ft. lauderdale. shock waves felt a mile away. right after the blast a frantic search for survivors. cani teams called. one person having to dive under his car to escape the debris that was coming down. more than 20 people injured, many of them hospitalized. a father telling us he and his children are lucky to be alive tonight. abc's victor oquendo is there. he starts us off. >> reporter: tonight, investigators on the scene of this massive explosion that rocked a south florida shopping center, working to determine a cause. the building across from an la fitness decimated, the debris field stretching across several parking lots in plantation, west of fort lauderdale. >> the entire inside of the store i was in just caved in. >> reporter: those inside the gym at the time making their way outside amid the chaos. windows blown out. the front destroyed. watch this nest camera from a home a mile away. the homeowner says her entire house shook. this cell phone video showing the aftermath.
guillermo villa tells us he was about to charge his tesla suv when he heard the explosion. >> there were pieces of branches falling. it was crazy. >> reporter: he said diving underneath the front of the car likely saved his life. >> i was thinking i could be in an ambulance, a hospital, or a plastic bag. it was so close. i'm blessed. >> reporter: plumes of smoke rising from the scene. this father of three saying they just left the mall before the blast. >> we were about 50 yards. behind us everything exploded all at once. >> right after you left? >> right after we left. if i had been getting my kids in the car 15 seconds before -- >> reporter: search dogs canvassed the area for anyone possibly trapped. 23 people injured. more than a dozen treated at hospitals. >> at this point nobody was killed. thank goodness for that. as bad as it is, it could have been a lot worse. >> victor oquendo joins us live now from the scene of that explosion. victor, anywhere you look you see the devastation. we heard the chief say it could
have been so much worse. are authorities closer to determining a cause? >> the initial call was for a gas explosion. when firefighters arrived, a hazmat team found a gas leak. it's too early to know if that's what to blame for all this. the atf is here as well. tom? >> victor oquendo for us tonight. victor, thank you. now to that huge earthquake in california o, even stronger than the first. rocking homes and businesses as you can see. an incredible 4,800 aftershocks reported. many more expected. firefighters trying to battle blazes like this that have been breaking out. that new quake stronger than thursday's 6.4. already the worst in 20 years. here's abc's marcus moore. >> get under the table! get under the table! >> [ bleep ]. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: the force of that powerful 7.1 earthquake shaking southern california. >> [ bleep ]. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: the second major quake in less than 48 hours igniting homes.
>> structure fires as well as several outside fires and hazardous conditions. >> reporter: this grocery store right near the epicenter losing power as customers and employees step over broken glass to escape. >> the air is really thick. >> reporter: one employee helping a startled woman out of the store. aisle by aisle the floor disappearing under fallen merchandise. >> brayden, get over here! brayden! >> reporter: this woman rushing to grab her 2-year-old son as the trailer just feet away swayed back and forth. >> there's a rockslide down here at the canyon. >> reporter: nearby rockslides shutting off this highway. scientists surveying the damage right next to the fault line. we met this family looking at the damage in their own homes. you could hear things? >> we could hear things. you could hear things breaking. you could hear all that. >> you could hear it being thrashed. >> reporter: the epicenter of friday's quake, 11 miles from thursday's 6.4 tremor. that was already california's strongest quake in 20 years and officials believe it was
only the precursor to the massive 7.1. the quake felt throughout southern california and in two other states. so powerful it forced some to sleep outside. >> feels safer out here. at least if the house collapsed we wouldn't be inside. >> reporter: tonight more than 4,800 aftershocks rattling nerves. california's governor requesting a presidential emergency declaration for the communities impacted as this entire region remains on edge. >> marcus moore joins us live. marcus, we saw that family sleeping outside fearful of more tremors. what are people in the impacted communities telling you about the potential for more powerful quakes? >> tom, they're going to begin to recover. some people are starting over from scratch. like the family that lived in this house, you see nothing left on the inside. it burned down in the aftermath of friday's earthquake. when you look at the wider region, tom, there's a sense this area has been spared. when you consider america's second largest city los angeles is not far from here and these two powerful earthquakes hit in
less densely populated areas. tom? >> marcus, thank you. let's bring in seismologist lucy jones. you earlier warned of a potential of a stronger quake. that happened. what are the risks of another quake at this point or anything hitting any time soon? >> they're small. they're not zero. at this point we're down to a few percent chance that we could have another very large earthquake, 7 or above. most likely we've seen the largest one at this that means plenty of magnitude 5s and 6s that would be part of the after shock sequence. >> should folks that live in southern california be on alert? >> the only people that should be on alert are the ones that live near the earthquake. if you live in the southern owens valley, yes, expect to feel lots of earthquakes with the potential of damaging winds. for those of us that live in the l.a. metropolitan area this has not changed the risk of earthquakes in the metropolitan
area, either to increase or decrease it. >> dr. jones, thank you. now to the severe weather threat. the beach goers in north myrtle beach dodging dangerous lightning. you saw it right there. that missouri road washed away southeast of kansas city. more heavy rains drench streets outside akron, ohio. plus reports of a tornado on the turnpike in south jersey. millions of americans in the storm zone. rob marciano joins us from central park. rob, good evening. >> good evening, tom. we've had several rounds of storms roll through the new york city area. the humid air mass still in place. that front yet to come through. more damaging -- potentially damaging storms coming through. here's the radar scope. you see boston, connecticut, pennsylvania back to ohio. that's the front. that pushes through later. that's when the strong storms will come. there have been some tornado warnings there. denver, cheyenne you're in a thunderstorm watch with potentially damaging winds. the south eastern part of the country still in the heat.
heat advicerieieieies for littl and montgomery. will feel like 100 degrees. looking to be cooler in the northeast, but not before more storms tonight. tom? >> rob, thank you. now to politics and the 2020 presidential race. former vice president joe biden apologizing on the campaign trail today as president trump was taking aim at the democratic front runner. abc's rachel scott is traveling with the vice president from new bedford new jersey with the latest. >> reporter: tonight, joe biden apologizing for any pain those startling comments about working with segregationists during his long senate tenure may have caused. >> now was i wrong a few weeks ago to somehow give the impression to people that i was praising those men who i successfully opposed time and again? yes, i was. i regret it. and i'm sorry for any of the pain or misconception that may have caused anybody. >> reporter: his rivals including senator kamala harris
pouncing on the debate stage signalling biden's positions are out of touch. today in south carolina biden defending his record on race. >> should that misstep define 50 years of my record for fighting for civil rights and racial justice in this country? i hope not. >> reporter: while making it clear his views have evolved. >> i don't pretend that none of my positions have changed. i've grown and i think it's good to be able to grow. >> reporter: president trump dismissing the former vice president as a lost cause. tweeting joe biden is a reclamation project. some things are just not salvageable. adding he won't win. and continuing his attacks on the obama/biden administration. >> biden didn't know what the hell he was doing and neither did president obama. >> reporter: biden made it clear which president's opinion he values. >> i'll take his judgement about my record, my character, my ability to handle a job over any one else's. >> despite having to defend his
record biden has raised more money per day than any other democrat in the race. tom? >> rachel, thank you. next an update into the investigation surrounding kevin spacey and the allegations of sexual assault. a report tonight that detectives from the scotland yard came to the u.s. to question the actor. the latest from erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight, "variety" magazine reporting scotland yard interviewed actor kevin spacey regarding several allegations of sexual assault in the uk. when abc news asked directly about spacey, london metropolitan police confirmed its complex case team questioned a man about six separate claims of sexual misconduct ranging from 1996 to 2013. but said it does not identify any person subject to an investigation. "variety" saying spacey voluntarily submitted to the interrogation back in may. british authorities tell abc the man they interviewed was not arrested and inquiries are ongoing. spacey's camp not commenting on whether he spoke to british
detectives. >> i told you my deepest, darkest secrets. i showed you exactly what people are capable of. >> reporter: the embattled actor facing accusations of sexual assault on both sides of the pond, breaking more than a year of silence back in december 2018 with this cryptic video in the voice of his iconic character frank underwood from the hit netflix show "house of cards." >> despite even my own death, i feel surprisingly good. and my confidence grows each day that soon enough you will know the full truth. >> reporter: just this week, the former nantucket busboy who accused spacey of groping him at a bar in 2016, dropping his civil suit. but the star, still facing a criminal charge, stemming from that alleged encounter. spacey has denied the claims against him. spacey is due in court on monday in that massachusetts criminal case. no word yet on whether the actor will appear.
tom, if convicted, he could face five years behind bars. >> thank you. we move on to the world cup excitement building overseas. the u.s. women's soccer team getting ready to take the field in the finals tomorrow against the netherlands. interest around the world spiking in that title crash. abc's adrienne bankert is in lyon, france. >> reporter: tonight team u.s.a. getting ready for their ultimate test. practicing on the eve of the world cup final, star megan rapinoe says she's ready. >> i expect to be good to go for tomorrow and very excited about that opportunity. >> reporter: she's healing up after a strain to her hamstring sidelined her during their last match, as is midfielder rose lavelle, who says despite being ranked number one the team doesn't think of sunday's game against the netherlands as a sure bet. >> we know that everybody knows that they can compete with us and we're ready to compete with them. >> reporter: the dutch are the reigning european champions. co-captain alex morgan who received a mixed response for that controversial tea sipping
celebratory pose after her goal against england says they're staying focused. >> how are you kind of keeping the noise out? >> at the end of the day we're here to do a job, a job we've dreamt of and worked our entire lives for. >> reporter: but just hours before the big game the issue of pay equity for one of the most successful teams in all of sports is far from being sidelined. ♪ money money money >> reporter: that was rapinoe's reaction to the president of fifa's proposal to double the prize money for women's soccer across the board. the men's prize for the next world cup projected to reach $440 million. fifa proposing to double the total prize money for the next women's tournament to $60 million. >> we should double it now and then use that number to double it or quadruple it for the next time, obviously. >> adrienne bankert joins us live. thousands of americans are expected to cheer for team u.s.a. at the game tomorrow, adrienne? >> that's right, tom.
up to 20,000 americans are here in lyon for that final. and get this, nike reports that the team's jerseys are still flying off the shelves. in fact, nike said on their website that the u.s.a. team jerseys are the best selling soccer jersey ever, mens or womens. tom? >> incredible news. adrienne bankert staying up late for us tonight. adrienne, thank you. there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday. the wild mall robbery caught on camera, a group of men ransacking a northface store. running off with arm loads of merchandise. those suspects on the run tonight. plus the road rage manhunt. the driver who opened fire on a family's car setting off their fourth of july fireworks. sparking a terrifying blaze. the clues coming in. the royal christening. a rare glimpse inside the family's special day. what they revealed about their newest member. stay with us. ay. what they revealed about their newest member. stay with us. why wait? hit back now.
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big photo ops for the royal family. look at the crowds that came out to see princess charlotte's. >> unlike his cambridge cousins, who are destined for roles on the world stage, archie is not expected to be a working royal. although his parents are, he's not expected to be. >> reporter: but the sussexes coming under fire for the secrecy as they're facing mounting criticism from the british public for a more than $3 million renovation bill for their home on the castle grounds. little archie wearing a hand sewn replica of the christening gown worn by dad harry. princess diana's family represented too. her two sisters behind the royal couple in this official portrait. mom and dad giving glimpses after his debut. this is the first clear photo of baby archie's face. tonight the lingering question who does he look like. >> we're still trying to figure that out. >> his looks change every day. who knows? >> jennifer eccleston, london. >> we thank jennifer for that report. we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" and "this week" first thing tomorrow morning. i'll see you back here tomorrow night. have a great evening.
good night. back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night. arrests are made in a shooting at a san bruno mall. and kicked out of starbucks. why police officers were asked to leave on the fourth of july. now, news to build a better bay area. from abc 7. >> i grabbed my refrigerator and stay with it. >> one of the most powerful earthquakes since loma prieta rocks southern california. it's left behind extensive damage, causing fires and buckling roads. yesterday's quake was six times
more powerful than the one felt thursday. it was felt from mexico all the way to sacramento. so far, no one has died, and there are no reports of any major injuries following this latest quake. governor newsom has called a state of emergency. he says it should serve as a reminder for all americans. >> this is a wakeup call, not just for this community but a wakeup call for the rest of the state and for other parts of the nation not immune from this type of activity. >> newsom said president trump called him and is offering help, but the shaking is not over. we are joined from los angeles with a warning coming from scientists. donya? >> reporter: experts say there have been thousands of aftershocks. of course, causing fear here that the shaking isn't over yet.