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here imminent explosion sending families fleeing in ohio. a train carrying dangerous chemicals derailing, forcing evacuations. several of the cars carrying vinyl chloride. and tonight, the careful operation under way at this hour at the site. trying to avert a potential explosion. tonight, news on that chinese spy balloon shot down by the u.s. by an f-22. the teams moving quickly to recover key pieces. the debris field more than 15 football fields wide. and what we're already learning tonight about the balloon, how it maneuvered. and the trained u.s. navy teams now using unmanned, underwater vehicles to detect whether there could be any explosives. martha raddatz right here with me tonight on what she's learned. here in washington, president biden on the eve of his state of the union address, after that very promising jobs report, and after some key victories, including that bipartisan infrastructure law.
the white house knows many americans still are not feeling this. what we've learned about his address. and mary bruce is standing by live at the white house. tonight, two suspects under arrest for allegedly plotting to attack five electrical substations. the city they were about to target, officials say. federal prosecutors say one suspect is the founder of a neo-nazi group. our chief justice correspondent pierre thomas is here. the close call on the runway. two planes less than 100 feet apart. a southwest passenger jet told by air traffic control it could use a key runway, but there was a fedex jet coming in for a landing on the same runway. tonight, we've learned how close those planes came. gio benitez with new reporting. and america strong tonight. the second grade class and what they just witnessed. this was a lesson unlike any other, and you have to see it. and good evening tonight
from washington, where the white house tonight says that the u.s. is now among the many countries racing to help after that catastrophic earthquake. the images are horrific tonight, and it is heartbreaking. the scope of the loss continues to mount, after that powerful earthquake striking turkey near the border with syria. the worst to strike there in a century. the 7.8 quake, followed by multiple aftershocks now. take a look at the terrifying moment this apartment building collapses, hours after the initial quake. people right there running for their lives. and tonight, the staggering toll. more than 3,700 lives lost and still rising. a reporter on the scene spotting a woman and her children in that haze there, rushing to help them get to safety. near the epicenter tonight, almost total destruction. survivors salvaging anything they can. millions across that region now homeless tonight. the desperate search for survivors. rescuers digging through flattened buildings, often using their hands to dig. rescue dogs at the scene. the urgent search for anyone who might be alive.
there were calls for silence, to listen for survivors, and then this moment right here, a toddler pulled out alive. we have just learned that president biden has talked with turkey's president erdogan and the u.s. and dozens of other countries are pledging immediate help tonight. abc's marcus moore leading us off in istanbul, and we warn you, the images are very difficult. >> reporter: tonight, the most powerful earthquake to hit turkey in 100 years striking in the middle of the night, as millions were sleeping. video showing the moment that 7.8 magnitude quake hit. you can hear the shaking. and see power flashes. this town plunged into darkness. the danger persisting through the day. clouds of debris billowing into the street. this building collapses. the region rocked by at least 75 aftershocks. first responders on the scene of this collapsed building when the one next to it comes crashing down, too. this reporter covering the
urgent search and rescue efforts when the earth shakes again. people running for their lives. you can hear the buildings collapsing. witnesses turning around to see this -- moments later, spotting a mother and her children, racing to help them get to safety. "wait, wait," this man says, as the frantic search for survivors began before dawn. rescuers pausing here to listen for signs of life. and glimmers of hope, as first responders pull this survivor from the debris. after daybreak west of aleppo, rescuers lifting an injured child from the rubble. and to the north of the city, saving this toddler. sadly, her mother and two siblings all killed. the little girl now staying with relatives. in turkey, rescuers pulling this
man out of a tiny crevice of a collapsed building. this survivor comparing the quake to doomsday. saying a building collapsed on him and his wife. he doesn't think she survived. across the quake zone, the death toll rising steadily throughout the day. we now know more than 3,700 people were killed. the sheer horror. rescuers recovering the body of a newborn baby. the infant's father overcome with grief, holding his baby, collapsing to his knees. this woman desperate for word from her daughter and her family. "the bedroom was right over there," she says. and at this overwhelmed hospital, a doctor making this plea. >> we have information that hundreds of patients are still under the debris. the situation is too bad. we need urgent help. >> reporter: and tonight, those trapped in the degree screaming for help.
"speak out loud," this man said. "help, help," a woman responds. at least 45 countries pledging support, incdinited states. president biden speaking with turkey's president erdogan lat today, saying u.s. search and rescue teams are, quote, deploying quickly to the region. >> the scope of this is just unimaginable tonight. marcus moore with us from istanbul, turkey. and marcus, i know the desperate search for survivors well under way. they will not give up, they never do, and we all expect this to last for several days, this search for any potential survivors? >> reporter: and david, the next 24 to 48 hours will be critical. more than 5,600 buildings collapsed here in turkey and in syria, trapping scores of people in the rubble. with below freezing temperatures and now winter snow falling on those devastated towns and villages tonight. david? >> marcus moore in turkey. marcus, thank you. meantime, back here in the u.s. tonight, and to the urgent call to evacuate amid fears of
an imminent explosion in ohio after a train derailed, carrying toxic chemicals. tonight, the dangerous operation now under way. authorities trying to drain the toxic liquid from inside those cars, and then burn them, controlled burns, to try to avoid any explosion. abc's alex presha is in east palestine, ohio. >> reporter: tonight, that towering column of smoke and flames. authorities burning chemicals at the site of the massive train derailment in east palestine, ohio, 20 miles south of youngstown. five of those cars carrying vinyl chloride. it is used to make plastic. it is toxic and extremely flammable. have you ever seen something like this? >> no, i've never experienced anything like this. >> reporter: authorities deciding late today to conduct a controlled release, making small holes in the cars, draining the chemicals into a trench. >> inside that trench will be flares aligning that trench that will light off the material. this allows us to control that operation and not have the car react and do it itself.
>> reporter: officials expanding the evacuation zone for a possible toxic plume from that release. now extending over pennsylvania border. >> those in the red area -- those are in the red area are facing grave danger of death if they are still in that area. >> reporter: janet meek and her family got out after officials warned of an imminent explosion late last night. >> it hit that something bad's going to happen and we just need to leave. >> reporter: the 150-car norfolk southern railroad train was headed to pennsylvania from illinois when it derailed friday night. the ntsb is studying the train's data recorder and videos that may show mechanical issues with one of the rail cars. david, tonight, norfolk southern says that controlled release was completed successfully. the state emergency management agency doesn't believe that there's any risk to the air or the water, but david, they tell me they're going to continue to monitor both in the coming days and weeks. david? >> alex presha in ohio for us tonight. alex, thank you. we're going to turn now to the u.s. navy search for the
remnants of that chinese spy balloon shot down by an f-22 off the coast of south carolina. a closer look tonight before it was brought down, that technology bay below it. how did it maneuver, how did it communicate? what we've learned here tonight. and of course, the moment a missile from an f-22 jet bringing that balloon down. tonight, the trained navy team looking for clues in the water, the debris field, we're told, is more than 15 football fields wide. they're using unmanned, underwater vehicles to detect if there were any explosives on that balloon. tonight, china insisting it was a weather balloon, saying the shooting was an indiscriminate action on the part of the u.s. here's our chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the military covering a vast expansion of ocean, 15 football fields by 15 football fields wide, looking for pieces of that chinese spy balloon. the balloon brought down over
the weekend by a missile fired from an f-22 fighter jet. >> frank one, splash one. the balloon is completely destroyed. >> we got it. >> there it goes. >> boom! >> reporter: back on land, cameras capturing the spectacle. the pentagon saying they have already recovered portions of the balloon, which spanned 200 feet and carried a technology bay the size of three buses. aspecial team trained in handling explosives heading out to the site in the event that the debris contains hazardous material. unmanned, underwater vehicles will sweep for scraps. officials insist the u.s. will gather valuable information from the debris, already revealing new details. the balloon had propellers, they say, and a rudder. >> this balloon had the ability to maneuver itself, to speed up, to slow down, and to turn. seen more administration officials say the balloon first
entered american air space over alaska on january 28th, before heading into canada and then re-entering the continental u.s. last tuesday. >> came into the united states from canada. i told the defense department i wanted to shoot it down as soon as was appropriate. >> reporter: the balloon was allowed to drift over the nation until saturday. the pentagon determined shooting it down over land would risk lives on the ground. >> and martha raddatz with us here now. martha, you've been reporting on this all weekend long. president biden has said he was ready to shoot this down the moment they detected it over the continental u.s., but we've also learned that this is not the first time one of these massive chinese balloons has been over the u.s. >> reporter: exactly, david. there have been at least four incursions in recent years. they were very different. they were off the coast of the u.s. and very brief, but what's frightening about this is the u.s. military had no idea those incursions were happening until afterwards. in fact, the head of norad said
today, "it's my responsibility to detect threats to north america. i will tell you that we did not detect those threats." fortunately, they detected this one, david. >> this one they detected. all right, martha raddatz, thanks for having me to your town, for a change. thank you. we are here, by the way, on the eve of president biden's state of the union address. it comes amid americans growing concerns over the economy, the war in ukraine, these new tensions with china, among other things. let's get right to our senior white house correspondent mary bruce live over at the white house tonight. ma mary, the president and the white house, of course, pointing to victories along the way, from the bipartisan infrastructure law set to create thousands of jobs, rebuild bridges and highways, and, of course, this new unexpected jobs report in the last couple of days, much better than expected. but mary, given the polling, even from abc news and other outlets, the president knows that americans aren't feeling this. >> reporter: he does, david. but the president will argue that the economy is heading in the right direction and that his policies are working. we expect him to highlight that stunningly strong jobs report last month, the unemployment
rate at a 53-year low. and he will argue that his policies like the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the inflation reduction act are making americans lives better. but the president also knows that he is facing real headwinds here. that latest poll of ours showing that 4 in 10 americans feel they are worse off financially now than when biden took office. but it also shows that americans have real concerns about the republicans' approach, too. the party is really digging in on this fight over raising the debt ceiling, demanding deep spending cuts. our poll shows that 26% support howrepublicans are handling this issue. and, of course, david, looming large over all of this, the upcoming presidential race. tomorrow night, a chance for biden to outline why he feels he deserves another four years. david? >> yeah, perhaps the campaign begins for him tomorrow night. mary bruce tonight. mary, thank you. of course, mary, martha, jon karl, linsey davis, the entire team will be here for abc news live coverage tomorrow night in prime time. the state of the union address and the republican response tomorrow at 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on abc. but we do continue with the news here tonight, and the fbi arresting two people for
allegedly plotting to attack five electrical substations around baltimore. authorities say the plan was to hit all of the stations in a single day. aiming to, quote, completely destroy the city. federal prosecutors tonight say one suspect is the founder of a neo-nazi group. here's our chief justice correspondent pierre thomas now. >> reporter: tonight, the fbi accusing two suspected radicals fueled by racial hate of plotting to target the city of baltimore's electrical grid in the hopes of causing pain and chaos. >> the accused were not just talking. but taking steps to fulfill their threats and further their extremist goals. >> reporter: the fbi says this is sarah beth clendaniel. wearing a mask and holding an assault rifle.
her alleged plan? >> to shoot multiple electrical substations in the baltimore area, aiming to, quote, completely destroy this whole city. >> reporter: clendaniel's alleged partner in crime, brandon russell, the founder of neo-nazi group atomwaffen. only recently out of prison for possessing illegal explosives. the fbi claims russell wanted to inflict as much pain as possible on the predominantly black city of baltimore. writing to an undercover fbi informant that he wanted to carry out the attack when there's the greatest strain on the grid. russell stating that such an attack could lead to cascading failure, costing billions of dollars. david, fbi and homeland security officials have warned in recent bulletins that white supremacists and other radicals are plotting to attack the electrical grid. there have been several such assaults on substations across the nation in recent months, including multiple unsolved incidents in north carolina. david? >> pierre thomas also with us right here in d.c. tonight. pierre, thank you. we turn now to the latest very close call at an airport in this country. this time, at the airport in austin. a southwest airlines passenger jet taking off, given the go ahead to use the runway, but a fedex jet was landing on that same runway. well, tonight here, we learn just how close they came to each other.
gio benitez covers aviation for us. >> reporter: tonight, an urgent federal investigation under way at the austin airport after what could have been a devastating accident over the weekend. a near miss between a fedex cargo jet and a southwest airlines passenger plane. >> fedex 1432, you are cleared to land. >> reporter: air traffic control giving fedex permission to land and soon after, giving the okay for southwest to enter that same runway to take off. >> southwest, confirm on the road. >> rolling now. >> reporter: but less than 30 seconds later -- >> southwest, abort. fedex is on the go. >> reporter: southwest forced to change course. the two planes coming within 100 feet of one another. >> we know it was less than 100 feet. they were in very close proximity to each other. >> reporter: just last month at jfk, a delta pilot slamming on the brakes after almost colliding with an american airlines plane that crossed the wrong runway. >> [ bleep ], delta 1943, cancel
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dan: after shooting blanks on a synagogue, the focus turns to the social media of the suspect. credit player role? >> details of the first pedestrian death in san jose. dan: see h can combat climate change and build a better bay area. >> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions this is abc7 news. ama: a boost to a first of its kind a task force in the bay area to find fun via -- gun violence. dan: thank you for joining us, despite the strict gun laws, santa clara county says it does not have enough resources to remove guns from people who pose a threat to the community. ama: leaders are expected to expand their task force with nearly $1 million in funding. dustin dorsey explains how officials hope the plan will help save lives. dustin: the devastating impact
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