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this is "nightline." >> tonight, catastrophic earthquake. thousands dead in turkey and syria. buildings collapsing. a frantic search for survivors. the miracles found in the rubble and the powerful winter storm threatening rescue efforts. plus snapchat dangers? >> we didn't know about the depths of social media harms. >> parents suing over the fentanyl crisis. >> our children are literally playing russian roulette, and they don't know they're playing the game. >> accusing the social media giant of enabling users with their disappearing >> teenagers make those decisions. they shouldn't have to die from
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it. >> the emoji drug code and the deadly consequences. plus, grammy history. ams. winorhe s er.nkouo so big night for bad bunny, and harry styles. ♪ as you are ♪ >> plus, the queen of salsa. ♪ the sweet new honor cruz. why fans are saying cha-ching. >> "nightline" will be right back. just between us, you know what's better than mopping? anything! ugh. well, i switched to swiffer wetjet, and it's awesome. it's an all-in-one, that absorbs dirt and grime deep inside. and it helps prevent streaks and haze. wetjet. get $10 off for a limited time. can you save water using a less than full dishwasher? we do it every night... do it with cascade platinum plus. one load of dishes in the sink uses 24 gallons of water
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smart bankers. convenient tools. one bank with the power of both. chase. make more of what's yours. thanks for joining us. we begin with that horrific 7.8 magnitude earthquake in turkey and syria, killing more than 4,000 people, toppling entire buildings. dozens of aftershocks. more than 40 countries are now pledging support and aid. here is abc's marcus moore reporting from istanbul tonight. marcus? >> juju, it has been a very difficult day here in turkey and in syria, and right now there is an urgent effort to reach the people who may be trapped in the rubble. more than 5600 buildings collapsed here in turkey and in syria when these earthquakes hit. the first one happening at 4:00 in the morning while most people
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were sleeping. the death toll continuing to rise. and we have seen throughout the day heartbreaking images of the destruction, absolute destruction throughout much of the region here. and now we're hearing the stories and also seeing the success they are having in pulling people from the rubble. but there are still so many who are still trapped. and we want to warn you, the images you're about to see are very difficult to watch. tonight the most powerful earthquake to hit turkey in 100 years striking in the middle of the night as millions were sleeping. videos 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 as 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.
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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 day break in syria, west of aleppo, rescuers lifting an injured child from the rubble. and to the north of the city, saving this toddler. her name are
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her mother and siblings all killed. rescuers in turkey pulling this man out of a crevice of a collapsed building. this survivor named lucy 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. 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 named imran desperate for word from her daughter and family. "the bedroom was right over there," she says. and at this overwhelmed hospital, this doctor making this plea. >> we have information that hundreds of patients are still under the place. the situation is too bad. we need urgent help. >> reporter: and tonight those trapped in the debris screaming for help.
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"speak out loud," this man says. "help, help," a woman responds. at least 45 countries pledging support, including the united states. president biden speaking with turkey's president erdogan late today, saying u.s. search and rescue teams are, quote, deploying quickly to the region. >> our thanks to marcus. we turn now to the deadly fentanyl crisis. a group of parents fighting for change after suffering unimaginable loss. they filed a lawsuit against snapchat, accusing the social media giant of enabling drug dealers. specifically targeting the disapierroning messages feature. here is abc's zohreen shah. >> if you are sitting there as a parent and you think not my child, i want you think again. this does not discriminate. >> reporter: two mothers bound by heartache, now turning anger and anguish into action. >> he was gone. heavy was blue and not breathing. and i can still see him lying on
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his beanbag chair. we didn't know about the depths of social media harms. and unfortunately we learned the hard way. >> reporter: their crusade beginning after both moms say from unwittingly ingesting d - fentanyl tainted pills purchased through snapchat, often by using a combination of emojis. the app known for its disappearing messages, leaves no digital breadcrumbs for parents. >> our children are literally playing russian roulette, and they don't know they're playing the game. >> teenagers make bad decisions. they shouldn't have to die from it. >> my daughter did not die in vain. she left me with a purpose. i need to fulfill that purpose. i need to honor her. i need to honor her legacy. >> finale would light up any room. she sparkled, just like the pfi. she was one of the kindest souls. she was one incredible human being. >> reporter: for massa yaeger, being her mother was one of
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life's greatest blessings. before her death, the 18-year-old was a straight a student, a compassionate friend, a budding gymnast. >> she was very passionate about it. but she had a couple of accidents. so she had -- her knee would pop out. and we took her to the doctors. the doctors said surgery. i don't think she imagined how painful or difficult the surgery was going to be. >> reporter: when advil and doctor-prescribed painkillers didn't help ease her pain, massa said finale went on snapchat to try to find something stronger. tell me about the day of december 7th, 2021. what can you remember from that day? >> it was typical day. finale was home. it was around 7:00 p.m. i gave her a hug. i told her mood ffood was in th refrigerator. never, ever would have imagined that would be the last time i would see my daughter. i mean, what mother could ever imagine you say good night, i love you, that would be the last time i would see her.
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>> reporter: massa would find her daughter lifeless in her bed the next morning. >> kind of moved her hair off her face. i started feeling this coldness. i -- i knew. i knew she was gone. i knew my baby was gone. i knew she was gone. i knew. my baby, my angel, my everything. >> reporter: but massa is not letting finale's story end in her death. she is one of the dozens of parents who have now filed lawsuits against snapchat, accusing the social media giant of being a widely used conduit for drug dealers to promote the sale of fentanyl contaminated drugs to minors and adults. >> they would like snapchat to change the design of its product. in particular, the disappearing message feature, which serves no productive use besides hiding illicit conduct from parents, from law enforcement.
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>> reporter: the lawsuit alleges from 2020 through 2022, snapchat was involved in over 75% of the fentanyl poisoning deaths involving children between the ages of 13 to 18 and involving a dealer who was connected with the child via social media. >> this is a snapchat problem. i've spoken to hundreds of families that have lost loved ones through fentanyl. and not one parent have i come across that has lost their child through any other app -- instagram, facebook, no other app. >> reporter: this comes at a time where fentanyl deaths are on the rise. according to the cdc, more than 71,000 deaths were linked to synthetic opioids like fentanyl in 2021. experts say a lethal dose of the drug could fit on to the tip of a fe pencil. >> what drugs did they take? what drugs?
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fen fentanyl? >> reporter: officials pointing the finger to the border, where over 20,000 pounds of fentanyl were seized while crossing into the united states in the fiscal year 2022. even so, last year alone, the dea seizing a staggering 379 million deadly doses of fentanyl inside the u.s. the agency even releasing this cheat sheet showing the emojis commonly used to buy drugs on social media with the hope of bringing awareness to the problem. >> a plug is what a deal worry send to their known customers or users that they have narcotics available if they want. what we've seen kids that have experimented as young as fourth, fifth grade. so there is really not a wrong time to have this candid conversations with your kids. >> she's helping kids to stay off drugs. that's important, isn't it? >> long story short, my 14-year-old died from fentanyl poisoning in june of 2020. all those kids you see right
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there all lost their life through counterfeit pill purchase on snapchat. >> reporter: to help cope with the immeasurable loss of her son alexander, amy neville does outreach at events like this one. >> we just don't know these days, right? our kids have all this access to things that were once in very dark place. but apps like snapchat have brought this very scary thing into the light. >> go, alex! almost there, buddy! keep going. turn it. >> kids are dying every single day. and i feel like we're just letting that happen. >> reporter: amy now traveling the country, speaking out about the dangers that could be lurking on a child's social media. she even recently testified before a congressional committee about the crisis. >> it was on snapchat that he set up a deal to get pills. it was on snapchat that he made plans to have a dealer drive up to our house so alex could sneak out over a couple of minutes one night and get anything he wanted. >> reporter: in a statement, snap inc. telling action news it's taking steps to protect its user, including using cutting
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edge technology to proactively find and shut down drug dealers' accounts, blocking search results for drug-related terms, redirecting snapchaters to resources from experts about th dangers of fentanyl, and is continually expanding its support for law enforcement investigations. >> they like to tell us they're doing all these things. but the reality is they're giving us tiny little band-aids on some huge gaping wound. and we're not getting anywhere with it. >> fentanyl is now the leading cause of death in those 17 and younger, which is a travesty. >> reporter: sheriff don barnes is part of the team that investigated alex's death and says these tragic stories are getting more common. what are the demographics of the folks who are dying from fentanyl poisons in this county? >> everyone, everyone is dying. it knows no demographics. no socio-economic status, it knows nothing about where you come from, the city you live in. >> reporter: his department has changed its approach on how they investigate these fentanyl poisonings, treating them now as
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homicides. >> currently, just my organization in the county of orange, we have over 150 homicide investigations into some of these fentanyl-related deaths. and last year, we filed charges on three of them for murder through the u.s. attorney's office. >> reporter: if i'm a parent, i'm going hear those numbers and think it's a pretty low number to prosecute if you have 150 open investigations, right? >> yes, it is a very low number. but it's the technology that's causing this barrier. that information, we need the evidence that's got this 24-hour window, oftentimes reduced down to mere hours, will be gone even after we gain access to the phone. i'm tired of looking at families who say the same thing every time. only if, only if i knew. only if i knew what my child was doing behind their closed bedroom door. and it's oftentimes too late hen we have to deliver the tragic news that their child was lost to another fentanyl-related death. >> have i all the rocks she's collected in her lifetime.
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>> reporter: like amy, massa has been on a mission, starting a foundation named after her daughter. >> we're doing legislative work. we work with the communities. we want to provide test strips to schools, provide narcan. whatever i can do to help, to honor her legacy. >> you have found your purpose? >> yeah. this can happen to anybody. so please, i beg you, be vigilant. >> our thanks to zohreen. coming up, the historic night at the grammys, and the moments people can't stop talking about. ♪ my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis... the tightness, stinging... the pain. emerge tremfyant®. with tremfya®, most people saw 90% clearer skin at 16 weeks. the majority of people saw 90% clearer skin even at 5 years.
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motown sound and 50 years of hip-hop, the grammys honored its history and made some as well, with the lineup of all-star performances, including lizzo, harry styles and chris stapleton. and why the bey hive is buzzing. here is abc's lara spencer. ♪ >> reporter: from harry styles -- ♪ >> reporter: to lizzo -- ♪ ♪ what made you believe your special ♪ >> reporter: to an on your feet opening act by bad bunny, but the throne belonging to the one and only queen herself, beyonce.
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>> beyonce! >> reporter: beyonce breaking the record for most grammy wins by an artist ever. >> i'm trying not to be too emotional. and i'm trying to just receive this night. >> reporter: and lizzo paying tribute to the queen during her own acceptance speech for record of the year. >> in the fifth grade, i skipped school to see you perform. you changed my life. >> reporter: harry styles walking away with the night's biggest prize, though, album of the year. >> and the grammy goes to -- >> reporter: presented bay super fan great-grandmother from ontario. >> harry styles! >> this doesn't happen to people like me very often. and this is so, so nice. thank you very much. >> reporter: adele took home best pop solo performance. >> i wrote this first verse in the shower when i was choosing
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