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Aired January 14, 2018 - 04:00 ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN REPORTER: A false alarm turns an island paradise into a scene of widespread panic. Now the State of Hawaii and the rest of the U.S. are asking, how did this happen?
A search for justice in Pakistan, a young girl's brutal murder sparks outrage and calls for change. And an episode scandalously spotlighting the gender pay gap gets a Hollywood ending.
Welcome to our viewers here in United States and around the world, I'm Natalie Allen, we're live in Atlanta and this is CNN newsroom.
Not what you want to experience on a vacation in Hawaii. Cell phones and TV screens all across the U.S. state lit up with a terrifying warning, Saturday morning. This is what people saw when they woke up at home or wherever at the beaches, parks or stores, the message on the left warning of a ballistic missile headed straight at them.
It took more than a half hour before the correction on the right went out saying, actually no missiles were on the way, false alarm. During that time people ran for shelter.
These are students at the University of Hawaii, residents huddled in parking garages, hotels, police stations, basements, yes even concrete bunkers. Some were calling loved ones to say their final good-byes. The initial missile alert came from the official state emergency center, but it was, in fact, a human error; an employee hitting the wrong computer button during a shift change, if you can believe that.
Hawaii's Governor says safeguards are now in place to prevent something like this from happening again. We get more now from Mileka Lincoln, a CNN affiliate KHNL in Honolulu.
DAVID IGE, GOVERNOR, HAWAII: What happened today was totally unacceptable and many in our community was deeply affected by this and I'm sorry for that pain and confusion that anyone might have experienced.
MILEKA LINCOLN, CNN REPORTER: A somber apology from the Governor as state officials admitted human error was to blame for the false ballistic missile threat alert and the nearly 40 minutes it took for a construction to be issued.
IGE: There was no automated way to send a false alarm cancellation. We had to initiate a manual process and was why it took a while to notify everyone.
LINCOLN: The mistake happened during a routine test during a shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency in Diamondhead. Officials confirm an employee erroneously sent the warning, which is disseminated to mobile devices across the state by initially clicking the wrong option during the test, then confirming a subsequent prompt that distributed the mass alert.
VERN MIYAGI, ADMINISTRATOR, (HI-EMA): There was a screen that says, are you sure you want to do this? OK? And that's already in place. Now, we had one person, human error, and that thing was pushed anyway.
LINCOLN: The employee reportedly didn't realize his mistake until he received the emergency alert on his own device. Officials wouldn't say if the employee will be suspended or relieved of his duties, though they did confirm everyone will receive counseling and retraining. As an immediate safeguard to prevent another false alarm, the test the state was conducting has been put on hold and a future alert will require two people.
MIYAGI: I apologize for this. This is my responsibility and my team. But please keep in mind that, again, the threat is there, if this comes out, you're going to have only about 12 to 13 minutes of warning for an actual event and please take this to heart.
LINCOLN: Officials say it is imperative that the public's takeaway from this mistake is that they do need to be prepared. The Governor says if it had been a real threat, the State siren system would have been activated. They're now investigating reports that some sirens did sound near military bases.
IGE: The sirens should not have gone off. It was not part of this test.
LINCOLN: Officials are also looking into why some mobile carriers never received the mass warning alert that was mistakenly released.
IGE: We want the people to know that we are disappointed and angry that this happened. We do know that everyone on the island was affected in some way. We understand that. We are committed to providing the public with a good notification system.
ALLEN: So, of course, an investigation is under way and a report on what happened is expected in the coming weeks.
Nearly 1.5 million people live in Hawaii and the state is, of course, a major tourist destination. But when the missile alert first went out, everyone all across Hawaii had just minutes to figure out what they were going to do.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We realized we have absolutely no idea really what we're supposed to do. We were already in our house, but we didn't know what the procedures were. I guess just sit there.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And I figured - yes, there is, you know, at that point, there is nothing I could have done. But had we been out somewhere, maybe get a better idea of shelter locations, because I have no idea where any of them are.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was like afraid actually, I was like you know this is not a warning, take shelter and I was looking around, thinking like where do we go? We're right next to Pearl Harbor, we didn't see any planes scrambling, so we just kind of like waited till we heard something else, we called our family and friends to make sure they were safe.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: At first everyone just thought their phones were dinging and then later we said this isn't a joke, this isn't a drill, we need to go. So people started scurrying around trying to get into bathrooms. I was with my two little girls who are eight and ten, so kids are crying and nobody really knew what to do.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I didn't panic, neither did anybody else in our class. They were just, OK, let's just follow instructions and do what needs to be done. To tell you the truth, we have no place to shelter.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: First thing I did was call all my children and I was careful to just say, hey, I love you today and not tell them what was happening because they're not on island, but it was very scary.
ALLEN: Can't not imagine how scary that was. While the missile alert was thankfully false, the speed of such a warning is critical for the Hawaiian Islands. The state's population would have just about 15 minutes to take shelter if it were real. CNN's Sara Sidner has more now on how people reacted.
SARA SIDNER, CNN REPORTER: The emergency alert that was sent out to many people here in Hawaii really did create a bit of panic. People were calling family members telling them that they thought it was the last time that they'd be speaking to one another.
A state representative said he gathered his family in the bathroom and had to explain to his daughter, when she asked him if we were at war, that yes indeed we were and he wanted them to survive.
But then came the message that this was a false alarm. That took 38 minutes, many people waiting that long to find out that indeed there was no inbound missile and that they were safe. Emergency managers say this all happened because during a shift change, someone pressed the wrong button. That's how it was explained to me by the Governor of Hawaii.
Now of course there's an investigation, they're looking into how this happened and trying to make sure there is never a false alarm like this again, and that indeed if there is something that happens like this, that there is an immediate response so that people can calm down and know that they are safe. In the meantime, Hawaii was the first state in America to go ahead and
refurbish and test their attack alert system. What they have done now is trying to figure out how all this went wrong, and to try to rectify it.
In the meantime, there are people here who are demanding more answers, they're trying to figure out what they're going to do if, indeed, there is an attack. And the reason for all this obviously is because some of the rhetoric between the President of the United States and the leader of North Korea. That rhetoric ratcheting up, people are nervous, and then comes this alert. It really did shake things up here in Hawaii. Back to you guys.
ALLEN: The U.S. President, Donald Trump, was playing golf in Florida when he found out about what happened in Hawaii. The White House said the President has been briefed on the State of Hawaii's emergency management exercise. This was purely a state controlled exercise.
Well, beyond that barebones statement, the administration has been tight lipped. Still unknown is when exactly the President was informed of the alert, and when he learned it was a false alarm. Also not known, whether the President tried to communicate with Japan, South Korea, or China during this time and whether he ordered any action.
Ryan Ozawa is a resident of Hawaii. He joins me now from Honolulu. Hello there, Ryan.
RYAN OZAWA: Good morning, good morning. It's actually still that evening here, but good to be here.
ALLEN: Well, yes, it is nice to have you. Can you take us back through your immediate reaction when you saw this alert? What was that like?
OZAWA: Well, it was 8:00 in the morning. Because it is a beautiful, cool Saturday, I was thinking of a lazy start to the day. But when the alert tone came on my phone, I got out of bed, I figured because the weather was clear, maybe it was a tsunami alert which we get periodically, maybe an earthquake, definitely not a hurricane. But when it said ballistic missile, this is not a drill, I froze, I turned sheet white. I definitely had a brain scramble moment to determine whether I was actually seeing what I was seeing.
ALLEN: Right, because we know the rhetoric between the United States and North Korea, the missile test, the stepping up of its nuclear program. Is this anything that Hawaii has addressed or discussed or talked about prior to this false alarm?
OZAWA: Well, you know, it is funny and I think people responded the way they did because it was only two or three months ago where the state of Hawaii did begin publicizing its efforts to come up with emergency response plans to a ballistic missile threat and putting out information about that and doing press conferences.
And even at that time, people were kind of laughing about it or thinking it was a little ridiculous but I'll tell you, when that shows up on your phone and you're at home with your family, you take it very seriously.
And it felt much more serious because of those earlier conversations.
ALLEN: Why? You said you just turned white. What did you do next?
OZAWA: Well, I let my wife know, she panicked, we went downstairs where we figured we'd be further from windows, my -- two of my children were there. I actually checked on my youngest son, he was asleep, and in that moment I said if we do have ten minutes left, I think maybe it would be better if he was asleep.
So I just got everyone else together, we turned on the TV, the automated emergency message was there, saying that there was an incoming missile and to take shelter and get off the roads, it was about as serious as it could be and we waited for more information.
ALLEN: And how are you feeling now once this is all over and in the clear, are you angry, are you still in shock, are you saddened, are you concerned about your children and their feeling of safety?
OZAWA: I think all of those things are true, certainly the cycle comes through where you're scared, you're panicked, and then you're angry and confused. And certainly there is going to be a lot of finger pointing and work to prevent this from happening, but one thing that I think occurred to a lot of my friends and I think in all of Hawaii there's now going to be that conversation starter, where were you when.
There was the part of you that wanted to be practically prepared with supplies, know where you're going to go, what you're going to do. But what really struck me was I felt I needed to be more prepared on a higher level, a more metaphysical level.
Who are the people I wanted to be with, what did I want them to know? And you haven't had those conversations even with your kids, that the members of your family, the co-workers you work with, we were texting my co-workers and I saying we love each other, I mean, it was very surreal and I want to be able to do that better should that moment actually come someday.
ALLEN: Yes, that's very - I can understand, but it's also very sad, isn't it, that you've had to go through this? So is this something you can put behind you or because of this false alarm, do you think you're going to live a little more on edge there in this most beautiful - on the most beautiful island in the world?
OZAWA: Well, every place has their threats whether it's tornadoes or blizzards. We do have as I mentioned hurricanes and tsunami and earthquakes and I think everybody wants to be prepared in case the worst happens.
I joked today that you know, if there is any place you would be, Hawaii is not the worst place that you could be. I think that it is good to remind yourself that of the things that matter, you know. There were a lot of great text conversations, even my son and my daughter with their friends just kind of saying, hey, you know, I really hadn't thought about reaching out to you in a long time.
I think there is an upside to that and there's definitely an upside in that, I hope this will never happen again, because controls will be in place. With all these conversations about the size of buttons on desk, this is one button that should probably be a little harder to hit.
ALLEN: Please, no - yes, no buttons on desks, no fingers on buttons and no false alarms ever again. We're glad you're all right, we're glad you have your sense of humor about you; you probably need that, don't you? All right, Ryan, all the best to you and your family. Aloha.
OZAWA: Aloha, thank you.
ALLEN: Well, let's look at how the rest of the world has responded to this. CNN's senior international correspondent Ivan Watson's following the story from Seoul, South Korea. Ivan, so many people in Hawaii seem to understandably be caught completely off guard by what happened and the threat that they thought was real. But for some in Asia, where you are, the threat is somewhat real and is being confronted.
IVAN WATSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, perhaps nowhere more real than here in South Korea where -- which lives right next to North Korea and where you see despite the tensions of the past year, people going about their business on a Sunday here.
The skating ring in front of city hall full of people, ice skating right now. That said, other -- this reality of the potential threat has sunk in further across the region. For example, I was in Guam, a U.S. island, that's far to the west of Hawaii; last august, when there had been threats coming from North Korea that it could target Guam with enveloping fire from missiles. And that raised alert levels there.
And also it led to one incident of a false alarm being put out by one of the TV stations. It was basically a civil danger warning on August 15th, 2017, on the emergency alert broadcast system and the authorities there had to later say this was a case of human error.
It was a much smaller incident, not across the whole island, and just one TV station that did this. But it gives you a sense of how nerves were shaken and people were on edge on that U.S. Island.
Meanwhile, Japan has announced that it is going to be conducting another missile test, evacuation drill, in about more than a week's time in Tokyo. I've witnessed one of those drills previously in a small community in Akita prefecture where they had kids basically practicing on what to do in the event that a missile was flying in the direction of Japan.
Again, this is a reality that countries here, territories in the region, have increasingly had to come to grips with as North Korea continued its missile launches and its threats to other countries across this region. Natalie?
ALLEN: Right. On the up side, we have had a slight breakthrough with North Korea. The North and the South have talked, the North is going to participate in the Olympics. And they have another round of talks scheduled.
WATSON: Yes, this is going to be a working level group that's going to meet in roughly the same area along the demilitarized zone on Monday. The same area to last Tuesday's breakthrough negotiations. The level of the officials at these talks are not going to be at the ministerial level that they were last Tuesday in those -- this previous round of talks.
And the discussions will be held just North of the demarcation line on the North Korean side. Last Tuesday's North/South Korean -- inter- Korean talks were held on the South Korean side.
Some of the people attending, they're mostly kind of arts figures from both countries, you know, a Deputy Minister of culture and art, an Art director from the symphony, from both countries, and this gets to the point that North and South Korea have essentially agreed that though only two athletes are believed to be qualifying for the upcoming winter Olympics, that North Korea will be sending, you know, arts groups, performance groups, cheerleaders, to attend the Olympics and South Korea wants them to attend.
One other little development that we've learned is that in the discussions last Tuesday and again, these were the first face to face talks between these two rivals in some two years, the South Koreans proposed that North Korea basically join the women's ice hockey teams for the Olympics.
That is a proposal that's been aired publicly by government officials here in South Korea in the past, met with some criticism, it's something that is still being weighed and could be discussed in an upcoming meeting of the international Olympic committee with North and South Korean delegations present.
There is a lot of logistical work to try to facilitate this -- basically last minute invitation of the North Koreans to these winter Olympics. Natalie?
ALLEN: Certainly can't hurt to continue in that area. Thank you so much, Ivan, for us, Ivan Watson for us there, we appreciate it.
Coming up, we take a closer look at the international fallout from President Trump's disparaging comments about Haiti and Africa.
ALLEN: People around the world are still trying to come to grips with President Trump's reported insult of Haiti and Africa. Mr. Trump denies using the exact words attributed to him, but others confirmed he did in fact say them. In any event, his words hit a raw nerve among Miami's Haitian community.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: For the American President to -- who said he would be Haiti's greatest champion, by the way -- to stand up and make such a comment at this time, it just leaves me reeling, it leaves me angry, it leaves me offended, it leaves me hurt, and it leaves me wanting justice.
ALLEN: Let's get some analysis on what he said and the fallout. Let's bring in now Scott Lucas, he teaches International Politics at the University of Birmingham in England. Scott, thanks for joining us.
Let's talk about the potential ramifications of the President's slur as far as the reputation of the United States and the world. Could this hinder the U.S. role as the moral authority in so many issues?
SCOTT LUCAS, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMIGHAM: Let's be honest, Natalie, I think well before this incident the American ideal of what we call soft power to be a cultural leader, to be a political leader, to be a leader in terms of ideas had been badly damaged by the Trump administration.
You know we can talk about episodes like the Muslim ban, we can talk about the withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, we can talk about Trump's erratic behavior on so many issues and fears that it could lead to military confrontation.
But this is a catalyst this past week because what I think you have is the President of the United States and I use these words advisedly but deliberately, being a racist. I mean it's not that he's just calling these countries by such a derogatory term, which I won't even repeat on air.
He is actually - basically saying people from those countries are just like this, that they are not as good as us, they're not as good as -- and again, let's be point blank here, White Americans or Norwegians.
In other words, for - an icon of the White house to appear to revert back to racial attitudes that we supposedly had confronted back in the civil rights movement, that we had supposedly dealt with inside our own country and therefore we could go to the world and say, look, we can be an ideal. I think he's caused damage that it will take even after he's gone, a long time to repair.
ALLEN: And Republican leaders have largely not condemned what he said. Is this an issue of they're getting used to this is what they have in their Republican President, this is what they got, they're just going to deal with it and move on?
LUCAS: Well, let's give some credit where credit is due. Lindsey Graham, who is trying to push through an Immigration Bill, has called out the President, but you're quite right, that other Republicans have not.
Even to the extent that two of the people in that meeting where he used these terms pretended they didn't hear anything. And for now I won't name them. But a sign of that denial is pretty much points to a co-dependent relationship by Republicans and Congress. And that is no matter how bad Trump gets, no matter how much damage he causes, if you have some use for him to push through their agenda and that means getting through a budget on top of the tax cuts from December, they're going to hang on to him.
The problem of a co-dependent relationship is, however, when your partner becomes so abusive, when he becomes so derogatory, do you get dragged down with him? And I do think this isn't just a political question for the Republicans now. In terms of if they're going to carry their own moral authority as a party, they are going to have to decide at some point whether or not they're going to call out Trump or remain silent.
ALLEN: I want to point out our top story, the false alarm that sent people in Hawaii in a panic over a missile strike warning that wasn't, thank goodness, but is this an example before Donald Trump came into Oval office, the world wasn't worried about nuclear war.
And now there are real concerns. It is kind of another example and, yes, Kim Jong-un is very much responsible for progressing his nuclear agenda, but it's an example of Donald Trump's rhetoric, threats, toward Kim Jong-un and saying yesterday, oh, we'd probably would be friends, it has the world confused, jumpy, scared, his words do matter.
LUCAS: Well, I'm going to let Donald Trump off the hook a little bit for this one and that is, I don't think it matters who is President. Someone hitting that wrong button in Hawaii to send out an alert is going to send --
ALLEN: It is a fact that alerts are having to be put in place now. And Japan is planning and putting its citizens through tests because of the real threat from North Korea.
LUCAS: Yes, I - I'm just trying to ease back a little bit from pointing at Trump solely, but you know, you're right, we had thought coming out of the cold war in the 1990s that we got beyond this.
Because in the 1980s, we not only were close to an accidental war, we were close to accidental - close to intentional nuclear war during the waiting years. Now, 20 years later after that supposed end of the cold war, the fact is that you've got the North Koreans who ramp up their rhetoric, you've got Donald Trump who ramp up the rhetoric, they feed off each other.
And as long as we go into the ill-tempered rants, which are sort of accelerated on social media, and that makes a huge difference, because information travels so much faster these days, yes, it puts us at more risk of an accidental conflict, a deadly accidental conflict.
And it's just another sign of how we have gotten into, I think, a very, very destructive period in international relations. And not only with respect to Donald Trump but beyond Donald Trump. We need to step it back a bit, get back to the diplomacy and dialogue and for goodness sake, stop calling out people because of the differences in skin color or because we simply don't like, 'them'. ALLEN: Scott Lucas, Scott, we appreciate your thoughts, thank you for
LUCAS: Thank you.
ALLEN: Well, we'll return to our top story, we're just discussing after a false missile alarm, University students at Hawaii ran in panic, some crying as they struggled to find shelter on campus.
Also, Palestinian officials try to decide what is next after the U.S. decision on Jerusalem. We'll have a live report. You're watching "CNN newsroom" live in the U.S. and all around the world.
ALLEN: Thank you for joining us again for "CNN newsroom" live from Atlanta, I'm Natalie Allen. Here are our top stories. Hawaii's Governor says new safety protocols are now in place after a false alarm went out to the entire U.S. state, warning of an approaching ballistic missile.
The alert showed up on phones, TV screens, and radios Saturday morning sending people into a panic for 38 minutes. An employee at the Hawaii emergency management agency hit a wrong computer button. It was a mistake.
Meantime, Japan's capital is getting ready to practice a missile evacuation for the first time amid the North Korean nuclear threat. The deal is set for January 22nd in central Tokyo. It was planned before the false missile alert in Hawaii.
In California, authorities say at least 19 people are dead from Tuesday's massive mudslides. At least five people are missing as rescuers search damaged buildings and homes. An evacuation order remains in effect for stricken areas Northwest of Los Angeles.
Back to our top story, many in Hawaii including students desperately looked for shelter after that false missile alarm. Ashley Nagaoka with our affiliate KHNL, reports from the University of Hawaii.
AUSTIN COLEMAN, STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII: I banged on their door, like, guys, get up, like for real, we got to get out of here, we have like - because we already know we have 15 minutes.
ASHLEY NAGAOKA, CNN REPORTER: Austin Coleman, a junior, says he saw the alert on his cell phone and immediately ran to wake up his roommates.
COLEMAN: We're all packing, all panicking and getting stuff ready like we're getting water and just, like, some food that we have. And we're all calling our loved ones.
NAGAOKA: Coleman says they decided to leave their dorm room at freer hall. They recall seeing the fear in people's eyes once outside. COLEMAN: We were coming down outside of freer and I just see people
running past us, like, there is like a group of people like crying and, like, I saw people on the road just like running in the middle of the road.
NAGAOKA: The roommates say they ran here to builder hall because they knew there was a fallout shelter. But when they tried to get in, all the doors were locked.
COLEMAN: Everyone was freaking out, everyone was on their phones, like, what do we do? Where do we go?
NAGAOKA: Coleman says someone in the group had a key to a classroom in the marine sciences building. So everyone ran there.
COLEMAN: And people were screaming like you got to shut the doors like time is running out. And there at least was like 200 plus people in there. It was getting hard to breathe. If you had to go to the bathroom, couldn't go. It was just a recipe for disaster.
NAGAOKA: Eventually the all clear was given. UH officials say the fallout shelter signage on campus is old, from the cold war era, and is scheduled to be removed. The University says that it is working to identify new shelter locations on campus for its students. The school wants to remind students there are counselors on campus 24/7, and resident hall staff will be checking in with students. Reporting from Manoa, Ashley Nagaoka, Hawaii News now.
ALLEN: We turn to Israel now. It had said it has destroyed a mile long tunnel on its border with Gaza. It says the tunnel ran from Gaza under parts of Israel and into Egypt and could have been used for an attack on a nearby border crossing. Israel first reported its fighter jets struck a site in Gaza on Saturday and said actions were also taken on the Israeli side of the border.
Israel says, it holds Hamas accountable for all activity in the area. From Gaza now to the West Bank, where the Palestine liberation organization is still reacting to the U.S. decision on Jerusalem. President Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital last month.
Now the PLO's central council is set to meet to plan a course of action about that. For more, CNN's Oren Liebermann joins me live from Jerusalem. Hello to you Oren and any indicators what forum that action could be?
OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN REPORTER: We've gotten only the slightest hint having spoken to one of the PLO's central committee members who said it would be some sort of revising of the agreements between the Israelis and Palestinians but he wouldn't go much further than that.
There are a number of agreements, some touch on economic - economic cooperation, others deal with security coordination, including, of course, the Oslo accords, that are the basis essentially for all other agreements. Tonight will be a speech from Palestinian authority, Mahmoud Abbas and
though that may be symbolic, the real decisions will come tomorrow that's when the central committee meets, the drafting committee, and starts writing what the decisions will be.
There have been threats and there have been some ideas that perhaps the Palestinians would cancel the Oslo accords or rescind their recognition of the state of Israel. These are threats we've heard fairly often and they are in a sense or have been in the past empty threats, designed to essentially to get attention but they're threats that aren't carried out.
What changed now is exactly what you said right at the top here, Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. For the Palestinians and I would say for many in the international community, that has changed the rules of the game.
And that means what once was an empty threat may become action on the part of the Palestinians as they do carry out some threats or do change the agreements between the Israelis and Palestinians in some way.
Arguably the most important of which is security coordination and benefits to both the Israelis and the Palestinians. But beyond that, we haven't gotten a sense of how those agreements might change, how the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians could be effected by what comes out of the central committee meeting.
For that we'll pay attention here and see what decisions they do come out with and how they're implemented. Natalie, one of the most important things that can could come out of this meeting according to the central committee member we spoke with, is a stronger unification between all of the Palestinian factions that, even though some factions aren't attending this meeting.
ALLEN: All right, Oren Liebermann for us, we know you'll be following it. Thank you Oren.
In Pakistan, the family of 7-year-old Zainab Ansari cannot let her go just yet. They're eager to talk about her life and they're desperate for answers after the little girl's brutal rape and murder. As police investigate the entire community is living in fear their children too are at risk. CNN's Alexandra Field reports from Islamabad.
ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN REPORTER: They found her with mud caked on her little face, Zainab Ansari, left dead, dumped on a pile of trash.
TRANSLATOR: Allah had made her so lovely that whoever met her instantly fell in love with her.
FIELD: A 7-year-old who liked mangos and ice cream, murdered.
TRANSLATOR: She was funny. I miss her laughter. I can't forget her laughter. I can't sleep. FIELD: The 12th little girl in 12 months raped according to
authorities. 11 of them killed in this town in Eastern Pakistan, Kasur. Authorities also say they discovered DNA links connecting six of the victims. They suspect a serial killer may be on the loose.
TRANSLATOR: We are not letting our girls get out. We are terrified about their safety after what happened to Zainab.
FIELD: There have been no answers for Zainab's grieving family and still no justice for the other little girls. Mounting frustration on authorities fueled outpouring of outrage, days after her death, demonstrations turned deadly when protesters clashed with police. Zainab's father now says authorities failed to protect his daughter and they haven't done enough to track down her killer.
TRANSLATOR: I am concerned about this system that my daughter could have been saved. But the acts of the authorities, their disinterest and lack of help could have led to the death of my child.
FIELD: Investigators say they're making every effort to find whoever cut short the life of a little girl who hoped to be a doctor or a teacher. Zainab was last seen leaving to study the Quran. Then here on grainy CC TV video with a man police still haven't identified.
Kasur is now a town is haunted now by loss, a community left only with memories and signs of what the future could have looked like. Alexandra Field, CNN, Islamabad.
ALLEN: Rescue efforts are ongoing after Tuesday's mudslides in Southern California. Coming up here, a look at the search for survivors.
ALLEN: In Southern California, at least 19 people are now confirmed dead from Tuesday's massive mudslides. The latest victim identified was a 25-year-old woman found Saturday. The body of her 12-year-old sister was recovered just days earlier. CNN's Paul Vercammen has more on the search and rescue efforts from Montecito.
PAUL VERCAMMEN, CNN REPORTER: A week of endless challenges for tireless first responders where a mountain side fell on to a community. The destruction so vast, it covered 30 square miles in rock and mud.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There are no roads, no houses. It is just -- I'm so devastated by what I'm seeing.
VERCAMMEN: Rescue teams using BearCats, brand-new unmarked SWAT vehicles, to pluck people from second story windows. This family's finally rescued from the upper level of their home after trying to ride it out on their own. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We thought about staying and then - because we
were fine, because we had power and we got internet going and we went to the hot spot on our phone and we thought we have water. Then the power went out.
VERCAMMEN: These BearCats riding high above the mushy ground can go where no other vehicles can. This team alone has pulled more than 30 people from danger.
SGT JOE SCHMIDT, SANTA BARBARA CO SHERIFF'S OFFICE: For most of us that first day, Tuesday morning, was very surreal. We weren't -- couldn't really comprehend the devastation until we got to the area and saw areas of homes that were wiped out and just rubble and debris everywhere.
VERCAMMEN: Look at some of the obstacles first responders had to deal with, massive boulders that came rolling down the hill as if they were bowling balls and in some instances you can see just over my shoulder, rocks and mud up to the rooftops.
REPORTER: The round the clock hard work of first responders not lost on residents here.
JOHN GRIFFITH: I'll put my hand out and say thank you for your sacrifice.
VERCAMMEN: This serial handshaker is John Griffith; he stopped at a staging area to give thanks for the dignity first responders showed the victims.
GRIFFITH: They stood at attention. They covered the body. They took their hats off, they shed a tear and they treated that body like it was one of their own.
VERCAMMEN: The shoreline looks peaceful, until a little perspective reveals muddy mayhem is everywhere. For first responders, restoring paradise seems endless. Sundown to sundown. Paul Vercammen, CNN, Montecito, California.
ALLEN: Devastation of such a beautiful, beautiful state. Ivan Cabrera's here but then he has breaking news out of Peru.
IVAN CABRERA, CNN REPORTER: Yes, this is just happening, unfortunately just a few minutes ago, we're talking about an earthquake just off the central coast of Peru, pretty strong one too. A 7.3 magnitude here from the U.S. GS.
Couple of issues here, the first one is obvious, an earthquake, right? First off it goes a few miles. In fact the other problem here is this is happening underwater. So there is the potential for a tsunami or series of tsunami waves coming ashore.
We don't have tsunami warnings, but the Pacific tsunami warning center is indicating that there is the potential because of this displacement of water for that to occur. And because of the proximity there, if a tsunami had occurred, the waves would already be approaching here.
So we'll keep you posted on this. Say that doesn't happen, still a 7.3 earthquake off of Acari, Peru. That could cause us some of the significant damage there as well only because of the depth, it's very shallow, so all that energy doesn't have much that rock to go through and of course there's water above that as well.
So a couple of things to watch there off the coast of Peru, this is happening, just within the last to half hour. In the next hour, I'll bring you an update on what is going on there. This is what we're going to start with here. But tell you what, it is this - a tropical cyclone, this is now in the Indian Ocean.
It is going to continue to intensify over the next few days, but a couple of things will happen. One is that it won't really move all that much. And the good thing is that it is over open water, so as it does so, it's not going to be pouring water on top of folks here.
100 kilometer per hour winds, or 60, 65-mile-per-hour winds, this would be the equivalent of a tropical storm but it will eventually be the equivalent of a Category 2 Hurricane in the Atlantic here. So we'll watch this closely because taking a bee line for the islands here cause more issues than reunion and eventually into Madagascar as well although I think Madagascar, the main threat will be rainfall.
Here it will also be rain and wind of 160 to 165 kilometer per hour, that's about 90 to 95 miles an hour. So we'll watch that but again that won't happen for a couple of days because the system is essentially going to spin in place, and then eventually head off to the South and West.
And as it does so, not only will it take the wind, but also the very heavy rainfall that will be impacting with the region here. We'll keep you posted on our new tropical cyclone and, of course, I will be manning the wires to let you know about the 7.3 major earthquake off of the central coast of Peru.
ALLEN: Please do. Come back and tell us more if you need to. Thank you, Ivan.
Well, coming up here, a Hollywood actor paid $1.5 million, a co-star, a female, paid less than $1,000 for a movie retake. But he's trying to right that wrong. We'll have the story next.
ALLEN: Mark Wahlberg is donating $1.5 million to the Time's up legal defense fund for sexual harassment victims and he's doing it in Michelle Williams' name. Reports that Wahlberg's paycheck for reshoots of his latest film eclipsed his co-star's by a whopping 99% blew up on social media this week. Those reshoots were for the film "all the money in the world."
MALE IN MOVIE: I do not have the money to spare. MALE IN MOVIE: No one has ever been richer than you are at this
moment. What would it take for you to feel secure?
MALE IN MOVIE: More.
ALLEN: The reshoots and the paycheck controversy that followed came after director Ridley Scott decided to replace Kevin Spacey, one of the original cast members, because of sexual misconduct allegations.
Well, we're learning more about a 20-year-old, yes, 20-year-old Florida man who became the sole winner of a multistate giant lottery jackpot worth more than $450 million. As Michael Paluska reports, he plans to put his money to good use.
HOST ON TV: It's mega millions. What's up, America?
MICHAEL PALUSKA, CNN REPORTER: Last Friday, the night of the second mega millions drawing of the year, at 11:33 p.m., Shane Missler posted three simple words on his Facebook page. That post has now gone viral, thousands commenting, sending their congrats and asking for cash. Missler claimed his $451 million prize in Tallahassee with his lawyer and his father, taking a lump sum of $281 million and change.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They're down to earth people, they are. They're very nice.
PALUSKA: Missler's neighbors jealous, of course.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm happy for them. I truly am. I'm going to knock on their door.
PALUSKA: Missler registering the winnings through an LLC he created called Secret 007, but he did not deactivate his social media accounts, posting late this afternoon on his Twitter page, "thank you, everyone, for the positive thoughts, this is only the beginning. I am truly grateful and most appreciative."
A Facebook post from 2016 shows how humble Missler is, proud that he paid cash for his very first car, and on new year's day, four days before he hit the mega millions jackpot, he posted 2017 was a year filled with downsides, but more importantly massive self-improvement. He goes on to call himself a kid trying to find his way who encourages everyone in his path to follow their dreams.
ALLEN: All right. Well, Shane Missler says he hopes to pursue his passions, help his family and do good for humanity. Good for him. And for all of us, hopefully. At this hour of "CNN newsroom," I'm Natalie Allen, please don't go anywhere. I have another hour just ahead. Our top stories right after this.
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