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False Inbound Missile Alert Terrifies People in Hawaii; Trump's Vulgar Insult Causes Anger and Hurt Among Haitians; Angelique Kerber Won the Sydney International; Mark Wahlberg Donates $1.5M To Time's Up Legal Defense Fund. Aired 5-6a ET

Aired January 14, 2018 - 05:00   ET



[05:00:02] NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: It was a false alarm, but for 38 terrifying minutes, residents of Hawaii were told a ballistic missile threat was imminent.

A warning from El Salvador. One man says the country will become a "hell" if thousands of people lose their protected status in the U.S.

Pope Francis is preparing to visit Chile and Peru this week, and controversy will follow him.

And just look at this video. A plane in Turkey skidded of the runway, landing in the sea, and, guess what? No one was hurt. How 'bout that one?

These stories and more are all ahead here. We're live from CNN World Headquarters in Atlanta. Welcome to our viewers in the United States and around the world. I'm Natalie Allen. NEWSROOM starts right now.

Our top story -- 38 agonizing minutes. That is how long it took for nearly a million and a half people in Hawaii to find out that a terrifying missile alert was, indeed, a false alarm. This is what many woke up to, though, Saturday morning.


AUTOMATED VOICE: The U.S. Pacific Command has detected a missile threat to Hawaii. A missile may impact on land or sea within minutes. This is not a drill. If you are indoors, please stay inside (INAUDIBLE) --


ALLEN: This was the nail-biting alert warning of a ballistic missile heading straight to one of the most beautiful places on earth. All over Hawaii, people ran to take cover in garages, basements, police stations -- even isolated concrete bunkers. Turns (ph) out, the false alert happened because a state worker hit the wrong computer button.

We get more on it all from Mileka Lincoln with CNN affiliate, KHNL in Honolulu.


GOV. DAVID IGE (D), HAWAII: What happened today is 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, HAWAII NEWS NOW REPORTER (voice-over): 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 correction to be issued.

IGE: There was no automated way to send a false alarm cancellation. We have to initiate a manual process, and that 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 Diamond Head. Officials confirm an employee erroneously sent the warning, which is disseminated to mobile devices across the state, by initially clicking the wrong button, then, confirming a subsequent prompt that distributed the mass alert.

VERN MIYAGI, ADMINISTRATOR, HAWAII EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY: There is a screen that says, "Are you -- are you sure you want to do this?" OK? And so (ph), 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 tests 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, my team. But please keep in mind that, again, the threat is there. If this comes out, you're gonna have only about 12 to 13 minutes of warning for an actual event, and please take this took heart.

LINCOLN: Officials say it's imperative that the public's takeaway from this mistake is that they do need to be prepared.


LINCOLN: 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: Well, 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: How did this happen? Well, of course an investigation is underway, and the results could be reported in the coming weeks.

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.



Sara Sidner is in Hawaii with more on how people reacted.

SARA SIDNER, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The emergency alert that was sent out to many people hear 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. 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.


SIDNER: 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 --


SIDNER: -- 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: We're also learning how local university students reacted to the false alarm.

Ashley Nagaoka from our affiliate KHNL reports from the University of Hawaii.


AUSTIN COLEMAN, STUDENT, UH MANOA: And I banged on her door. I was, like, "Guys, get up, like the -- for real. Like, we gotta get outta here. We have, like -- " because we already know we have 15 minutes to (INAUDIBLE) --

ASHLEY NAGAOKA, HAWAII NEWS NOW REPORTER (voice-over): Austin Coleman, a junior at UH Manoa, says he saw the alert on his cellphone, and immediately ran to wake up his roommates.

COLEMAN: We're all packing, all, like, 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 (voice-over): Coleman says they decided to leave their dorm room at Frear Hall. They recall seeing the fear in people's eyes once outside.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're coming down outside of Frear, and I just see, like, people running past us. Like, there's, like, a group of people, like, crying. And, like, I saw people on the road, just, like --


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: -- running in the middle of the road.

NAGAOKA: The roommates say they ran here to Bilger 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. They're, like -- like, "What do we do? Where do we go?"

NAGAOKA (voice-over): 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 gotta shut the doors." Like, it's -- time's runnin' out.

There at least was, like, 200 plus people in there. It was getting hard to breathe. If you had to go to the bathroom, you couldn't go. Like, it was just a recipe for disaster if the missile hit.

NAGAOKA (voice-over): 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 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 residence hall staff will be checking in with students.

Reporting from Manoa, Ashley Nagaoka, Hawaii News Now.


ALLEN: U.S. President Donald Trump was playing golf in Florida when he found out about the incident. Still unknown exactly when he 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, and whether he ordered any action.

Well, CNN International Correspondent Ivan Watson is following this story from Seoul, South Korea, and certainly, Seoul, South Korea would understand what a risk really feels like, Ivan.

IVAN WATSON, CNN SR. INTL. CORRESPONDENT: Yes, and you'd think that perhaps people here would be much more worried than they reveal themselves to be on a day-to-day basis.

But Seoul, the city, this capital, South Korea right next to its North Korea rival, throughout months of North Korean missile launches and nuclear tests, it's really life as usual here. People, for instance, ice-skating in a -- in a city ice-skating rink just a few blocks from where I'm standing today. But some of the jitters of the tension on the Korea Peninsula in recent months have been felt in other places, like the U.S. island of Guam.

I was there reporting in August of last year when North Korea was threatening that island. And there was actually a false alarm that went out over one of the local TV networks over a test of their emergency broadcasting system that issued a Civil Danger Warning, and later, the Island authorities had to say that this was human error. Not on the scale of what we saw in Hawaii, but nonetheless, coming -- it was


bad timing, indeed.

Meanwhile, Japan, a country that periodically is threatened by North Korea -- which often fires missiles in the direction of Japan, and even over Japanese territory over the course of the last year -- it's begun conducting drills in different municipalities, and there's one scheduled in Tokyo later this month. That's something with the air raid sirens that many hadn't heard really since World War II.

So, part of a new reality that has set in over the course of the last year in response, certainly, to the many missile tests that North Korea has conducted, and the tense and threatening talk that has come from Pyongyang as well -- Natalie.

ALLEN: Well, there is another kind of talk going on, thank goodness.

North Korea and South Korea have met and talked, and they will do so again. What do we know about that? WATSON: Yes, we had this first round of groundbreaking talks -- the first in two years between North and South Korean delegations last Tuesday -- and on Monday, there's scheduled to be another round of discussions, a -- working-level discussions, and this will mostly focus on culture.

Because now that North Korea is planning to attend the upcoming Winter Olympics here in South Korea, as part of that agreement, it's supposed to send an art troupe to attend the PyeongChang Games. And so, there're (ph) going to be cultural officials, representatives from the symphonies of both countries, that are going to meet along the demilitarized zone, this time, on the North Korean side of the demarcation line.

We've also learned one further detail that, the South Korean delegation in last Tuesday's talks asked about possibly trying to put North and South Korean athletes from the women's ice hockey teams together in a unified team. Still waiting for an answer from Pyongyang on that.

Of course, that has been something that's been floated in the past here in South Korea, and has come under some criticism, with concerns that some South Korean athletes might lose their spots on the team if you have to bring in North Korean athletes.

But all of this is a sign of a thaw between the rivals around the upcoming Winter Olympics -- Natalie.

ALLEN: We thank you. Ivan Watson for us there in Seoul.

Chinese State TV says the oil tanker that was in a collision has finally sunk.

They report a huge explosion on the vessel around noon local time. It had been adrift and burning off the coast of Shanghai for more than a week after a collision with a bulk freighter. Thirty-two crew members were on board, and only three bodies have been found. But again, it has now sunk.

Donald Trump once promised Haitian Americans he would be their champion. Now, many of them feel betrayed by his hateful insults. We'll have a story next here.

Plus, H&M is temporarily closing its stores in South Africa after protests over this ad that some say is racist. Details ahead.


[05:15:52] ALLEN: Immigration advocates here in the U.S. are welcoming a temporary legal victory. The Trump administration says it is accepting some renewal applications to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The federal government is complying with a court ruling which, for now, prevents the administration from ending the program known as DACA. Officials say new applications will not be accepted as permitted by the court.

President Trump's reported insults about Haiti and Africa are not sitting well in many parts of the world. Mr. Trump denies using the exact words attributed to him -- you probably heard them by now -- but others who were there confirm he did, in fact, say them. And that's causing a lot of anger in Miami's Haitian community.

CNN's Kaylee Hartung has our report.


DONALD TRUMP, THEN-U.S. REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'm running to be president of all Americans -- that's everybody. And whether you vote for me or you don't vote for me, I really want to be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion whether you vote for me or not.

KAYLEE HARTUNG, CNN NEWS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): That was then- candidate Donald Trump, speaking in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood just months before the 2016 presidential election.

TRUMP: Haitian people deserve better, and that's what I intend to give them. I will give them better. I will do that (ph).


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you, amen (ph).


HARTUNG: But in the wake of reports that the president complained about immigrants coming from, quote, "shithole" countries, among other disparaging comments, residents here in the largest Haitian community in the U.S. agree -- they deserve better.

FARA LARUE (ph), HAITIAN IMMIGRANT: When I just read it, I feel so -- such outrage, and (ph) -- but also so sad. Like, I cried. (INAUDIBLE) --

HARTUNG: Fara LaRue (ph), a Haitian living in Miami under temporary protected status, or TPS, gave candidate Trump the benefit of the doubt, and took him at his word. But she said the president has now shown his true colors.

LARUE (ph): So, this is how he treats us? So we can see that now, we're seeing the real face of Trump, and this is a face of hate, of racism.

The life of any Haitian (ph) 21st century (ph) immigrant is that it's very special (ph).

HARTUNG: LaRue (ph) is one of the more than the 20,000 Haitians living in South Florida now facing deportation after the Trump administration announced it would end the country's TPS status.

TRUMP: And in (ph) the Senate, you can see the accomplishment which you see needs to get done, and you know that it's (ph) --

HARTUNG: Trump reportedly made the demeaning comment during immigration policy negotiations on Thursday. He has denied saying anything derogatory about Haitians, saying in a tweet Friday morning that he claimed, he had a, quote, "wonderful relationship with them."

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You're telling me that you have a great relationship with Haitian people? How is that possible?

HARTUNG: Little Haiti came out en masse on Friday, and the event originally intended to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the island nation, and killed as many as 300,000.


HARTUNG: But with the president's slur so fresh, a solemn memorial at times resembled an anti-Trump rally.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We are here to tell President Trump Haiti is not what he called it. Haiti is a proud nation.

HAITIAN IMMIGRANTS (singing): We shall overcome someday --

MARLENE BASTIEN, EXEC DIR, HAITIAN WOMEN OF MIAMI: For the American president -- who just said (ph) 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.


HARTUNG: Justice perhaps to be delivered at the ballot box.

BASTIEN: I'm going to make sure that we work to remember what he said in the midterm elections of this year, 2018, and clearly we will not have Trump memories in 2020.

Kaylee Hartung, CNN, Miami.


ALLEN: We'll wait and see when those midterm elections take place later this year.

Let's bring in James Davis, who joins us from Munich, Germany. He's dean of the School of Economics and Political Science at the University of St. Gallen.

Thank you for joining us, sir. I want to just play off what we just saw there -- the hurt, the anger from that Haitian community in Miami. What's your reaction


to how people are reacting to what this president's uttered? JAMES DAVIS, DEAN, SCHOOL OF ECON. & POL. SCIENCE, UNIV. OF ST. GALLEN: Well, I think the reactions are understandable. The president of the United States took an oath to the Constitution, to -- and to -- he's supposed to be the president of all Americans, irrespective of where they come from, irrespective of their religion, their racial identity.

And this president keeps demonstrating that he seems to categorize Americans according to their ethnic or religious or racial identity, and that is something that is not unifying, but rather, dividing. It's divisive, and I think it's completely understandable the Haitian community feels very disappointed with this president at this point.

ALLEN: Right, and African (ph) leaders are demanding an apology from this president. But let's look at the bigger picture.

Does this tarnish the reputation of the United States globally, or diminish its moral authority as a world leader?

DAVIS: Well, I think you hit it right on the head.

When you are an American who lives abroad, as I do, you come to understand that America is not seen by the world as just another great power, another strong power, like China or like Russia, but rather, the United States is seen as an idea.

And much of the influence that we have in international politics derives from the fact that people around the world buy into that idea -- that idea -- that idea that derives itself from timeless values that we have enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, and people believe in those around the world. And the United States has always been seen as perhaps imperfect, but the country that most clearly stood up for those ideals.

The president's words, his actions erode the belief in America as the leader that is committed to these ideas, and that erodes our influence. And I think that's something that the president cannot reverse just by building up his economy, just by building up the Armed Forces of the United States. Rather, we have to work on recovering that moral authority that we get from standing firm for those values that are enshrined in are founding documents.

ALLEN: Yes, I and I want to add -- get your take on what we saw happen in Hawaii, with the accidental warning of a ballistic strike.

Certainly, an employee made a big mistake. But the world is on edge because of North Korea, and their pursuit of their nuclear goals. The world is on edge because Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump engage in the rhetoric of the threats, the immature, sophomoric jabs at one another. And many countries, and now we see Hawaii, have had to take new and accelerated steps to make sure they are prepared in case the worst were to happen.

And it illustrates in part, does it not, that the president's words matter?

DAVIS: The president's words do matter.

Those of us that study international security and atomic diplomacy, really don't think that there's any rational way to -- for two atomic powers to get into a war. It makes no sense -- there's no way you can win this sort of a war. The costs would far exceed any benefits.

However, there is the possibility that states can stumble into wars -- that they can, through a series of misperceptions, through a series of errors, and landing a conflict that neither of them really wanted. That's the danger.

And when you have a president who doesn't seem to understand that his words, his actions can be misinterpreted by others, you -- when you have a leader in North Korea who's also playing this type of a game, this -- the chances for that type of error are, of course, raised.

And then, when you have a human error in a technological system as we did over the weekend, the situation can, indeed, get out of control. So I think it's a dangerous situation. I think we need to continue to ratchet down the rhetoric on both sides.

We need to encourage the South and -- Koreans and the North Koreans to continue their negotiations, the talks that they've just begun, and expand them, perhaps, to some -- to some areas that are more closely related to security, and try and get this back to a more business-like relationship, and stop the name-calling behavior, and stop the sophomoric behavior on both sides.

ALLEN: Yes, that doesn't contribute to well-being, or people's sense of security, for sure.

James Davis, thank you for joining us.

DAVIS: Thank you.

ALLEN: Well, many Salvadoran immigrants in the U.S. are also irked by the president's vile words. They are even more worried by his actions.

The Trump administration is ending special protection for about a quarter million Salvadorans living in the U.S. without visas. Many have built lives and reared children.

CNN's Patrick Oppmann spoke with one family suddenly facing an uncertain future.


[05:25:01] PATRICK OPPMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): At the end of a dirt road in the mountains of El Salvador, is a family facing a gut-wrenching decision. Rogelio Galmadaz has lived in the United States for the last 17 years. He may soon return here.

The Trump administration announced in January, they're ending the program that allowed over 200,000 Salvadorans, like Rogelio, to live legally in the U.S. In 18 months, he could be deported. Rogelio worries about the impact the change in policy could have on the already impoverished and crime-ridden country.

ROGELIO GALMADAZ, SALVADORAN IMMIGRANT: (speaking in Spanish, translated through Oppmann)

OPPMANN (voice-over): "The worry is that, if there were a massive deportation," he says, "this would become, I guess I would call it, a hell. It's a disaster. Everyone wants to work, but there isn't any."

So Rogelio has come back to El Salvador for a few weeks with the money he earns working as a landscaper in New York to finish the home he is building here should he return for good.

OPPMANN: He's telling me that because many other people, along those (ph) same lines as him, they might need to come back, that it's really hard to get work parts (ph) around here because so many other people are fixing their homes.

OPPMANN (voice-over): But Rogelio's biggest concern is his three children, all born in the United States. His eldest have been to El Salvador just twice. This is six-year-old Jocelyn's (ph) first visit.

OPPMANN: What do they know about El Salvador? Que saben ellos de El Salvador?

GALMADAZ: (speaking in Spanish, translated through Oppmann)

OPPMANN: Rogelio says he doesn't want to live in the U.S. illegally, or run the risk of having his family separated. So he may soon move his children, all U.S. citizens, back to El Salvador -- one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

Even here, in the remote countryside, criminal gangs terrorize the population. Barbed wire fencing surrounds Rogelio's house.

MARELIN GALMADAZ, ROGELIO'S DAUGHTER: For us, it's going to be really hard. And I keep telling him, I like it here, but I wouldn't live here.

OPPMANN (voice-over): They may have no choice. Rogelio, who (ph) had hoped to provide his children a better life in the U.S., is afraid of what could happen if he's deported.

GALMADAZ: (speaking in Spanish, translated through Oppmann)

OPPMANN (voice-over): "The day I'm not with them and they're not with me," he says, "I think they're going to suffer, and I will, too."

Rogelio drives his children to the airport to fly back to the U.S. He will remain in El Salvador a little while longer to finish their home, just in case. They don't know what the future holds, but they say they will do whatever it takes to stay together.

Patrick Oppmann, CNN, San Salvador.


ALLEN: Coming up here, a Hawaii resident says he froze when the missile alert popped up on his cellphone, and even though it was terrifying, he says it was all a reminder of what really matters.

That's coming up here as we push on. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM live from Atlanta.


[05:31:11] ALLEN: Hi, hello again. Thanks for staying with us. Welcome back. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM here in the United States and all around the world. I'm Natalie Allen.

Our top stories now. No one was injured when that jet there skidded off the runway as it landed in Northeast Turkey.

The Pegasus Airlines plane came to a stop, as you can see, on the side of a cliff, and nearly went into the Black Sea. All the passengers, though, were evacuated. No word yet what caused that to happen, but everyone was safe, though (ph) probably a bit terrified.

Chinese state media said the Sanchi oil tanker has finally sunk. The vessel had been burning for more than a week off the coast of Shanghai after it collided with a freighter. On Saturday, rescuers recovered the vessel's data recorder. The bodies of three crew members have been recovered; the others, all missing.

In California, authorities say at least 19 people are dead from Tuesday's massive mud slides. Officials identified the latest victim -- this woman here, 25-year-old Morgan Corey. Her 12-year-old sister was also killed in the disaster. Authorities say at least five others are missing.

Hawaii's governor says new safety protocols are now in place after that false alarm that 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 by mistake.

Ryan Ozawa is a resident of Hawaii. He joins me now from Honolulu. Hello, there, Ryan.

RYAN OZAWA, HOST, HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO: Good morning, good morning. It's actually still that evening here, but, it's good to be here.

ALLEN: Well, yes, it's nice to have you.


ALLEN: 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, and because it's 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.

When it said, (NERVOUS LAUGHTER) "Ballistic missile, this is not a drill," I froze. I turned sheet white. It -- I definitely had a brain scramble moment to determine whether I was actually seeing (LAUGHTER) what I was seeing.

ALLEN: Right, because we know the rhetoric between the United States and North Korea, the missile tests, the stepping up of its nuclear program -- is this anything that Hawaii had 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 home with your family, you take it very seriously, and it felt much more serious, because of those earlier conversations.

ALLEN: Right, and 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 10 minutes (LAUGHTER) left, I think maybe it'd 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 just 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's 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 (ph) you're going to go, what you're going to do.

But what really struck me is that I felt I needed to be more prepared on a higher level, a more (LAUGHTER) metaphysical level, who were the people that I wanted to be with, what did I want them to know. And you kind of have 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: Wow, 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 on this most beautiful -- (LAUGHTER) one of the most beautiful islands in the world?

OZAWA: Well, every place has their threats, whether tornadoes or blizzards.

ALLEN: True.

OZAWA: We do have, as I mentioned (ph), 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's any place where you will -- you would be, Hawaii's 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."

So I think there's kind of 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 desks, this is one button that should probably be (LAUGHTER) a little harder to hit.

ALLEN: (LAUGHTER) Please, no -- yes, no buttons on desks --


ALLEN: -- 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, (LAUGHTER) don't you? (LAUGHTER). All right.

Ryan, all the best to you and your family. Aloha.

OZAWA: Aloha, thank you. ALLEN: Israel says it has destroyed a long Hamas tunnel on its border with Gaza. It says the tunnel stretched for about 1 mile, or 1 1/2 kilometers. It reportedly ran from Gaza under parts of Israel, and into Egypt.

Israel first reported its fighter jet struck a site in Gaza on Saturday, and said actions were also taken on the Israeli side of the border.

For more on this, let's turn to CNN's Oren Liebermann. He joins me live from Jerusalem.

Oren, hello.


The Israeli military says the tunnel started about a half a mile into Gaza, right near the Gaza-Egypt border right along Sinai. It then continued into Israel under the Kerem Shalom border crossing, and from there, continued into Egypt.

The Israeli military says because it ran under the Kerem Shalom border crossing, that leads them to believe it could have been used to attack from underneath the Kerem Shalom crossing, and that's why they decided, or concluded that it was an attack tunnel.

On Saturday night, Israeli Air Force fighter jets struck the Gaza side of the tunnel, as well as using what they call technology and intelligence to destroy the (ph) parts of the tunnel that ran under Israel. The military says they coordinated with Egypt before taking any action -- Natalie.

ALLEN: Another story that we know that you're following, the PLO Central Council is meeting to decide what to do now that President Trump has declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

LIEBERMANN: So this is a two-day meeting by the PLO Central Committee. Some 90 members as well as a little more than a hundred and fifty observers will meet for two days.

Today's big event is a speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, where he could lay out what he sees as the path here moving forward following President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

But it won't be President Abbas making those decisions on his own; that will come tomorrow as the Central Committee meets, makes those decisions, and implements them.

There are a number of moves that could happen here, and what's being talked about right now -- and we spoke with a member of the PLO Central Committee -- is revising, or in someway changing, the agreements between the Israelis and Palestinians. Those are economic agreements, security agreements, as well as a number of other accords and contracts between the two sides here.

Most of the time when the Palestinians talk about doing that,


they are essentially empty threats used to, first, draw international attention, but also, try to leverage the Israelis some.

But Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has essentially changed the rules here. That means the Palestinians are more likely to take action here -- to change or revise the agreements in some way, although they won't give an indication as to exactly how they would update them.

So, as this meeting continues into tomorrow, and they begin to draw out those decisions, we'll need to follow them (ph) very carefully to see how the decisions and how the accords between the two sides here are affected.

ALLEN: All right, Oren Liebermann following it for us in Jerusalem. Oren, thank you.

The retail chain H&M is apologizing for what it calls a "poorly judged product" that outraged customers around the world. But that's not enough for demonstrators in South Africa, who say the company is racist.


ALLEN: On Saturday, crowds gathered in stores across the country to protest an online ad. It is a picture of a boy wearing a hoodie that says, "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle."

Social media users posted video of South African demonstrators appearing to throw clothing racks on the ground, and damaging merchandise. In response, H&M temporarily closed all 17 of its stores in the country.

Thousands of people are expected to greet the pope in South America this week, but not everyone's happy about his visit. We'll tell you why coming up here on CNN NEWSROOM.


[05:44:49] ALLEN: Yes, Breaking News this past hour.

Ivan's here because a major earthquake has struck off the coast of Peru, triggering the danger of tsunami waves.

IVAN CABRERA, CNN INTERNATIONAL WEATHER ANCHOR: Yes, very close to the coast, and a powerful earthquake


bringing memories back certainly from what we've had across this area. Very, of course, busy here across the Peruvian coast -- the Ring of Fire, we call it there -- many earthquakes. Here's the good news -- it's been downgraded by the USGS down to a 7.1 from a 7.3. Still, a major quake -- a little bit deeper, so that is also good.

And the tsunami threat that we have been talking about, that is now over, and we're not expecting any tsunami worries (ph). In fact, the gauges that are along the coastline never measured any tsunami waves. There was a potential for that to happen, which is why the advisories went out.

Still a major quake, right? And so, we still get shaking and some buildings certainly that aren't fortified, and perhaps weaker structures could be impacted. No word of any significant damage, but upwards of 27,000 people in Peru felt either strong or very strong shaking. But again, no word of damage or injuries; we'll let you know if that changes. Tsunami threat now over from this now downgraded 7.1.

Let's get back to the United States here. As we've been talking about, the multiple -- it's the coldest winter we've had in some time, and we're not even halfway through it, right?

Yes, another Arctic blast for the Northeast. This will plummet temperatures this morning, along with the wind. Take a look at what it will feel like.

Now, this one -- in fact, these are current numbers here. Where there isn't wind, like Chicago, 7 is cold enough -- these are in Fahrenheit -- 7 is the windchill.

But look at Philly there -- 15 degree temperature. You factor in the wind, it feels like minus 5, it feels like minus 1, in both Boston and Philly, that is.

And it'll continue to be quite cold all the way down to the South -- in fact, so cold, that we have windchill advisories for windchills that will be anywhere from 15 to 25 below. This is serious stuff, and of course, this is where, between 15 and 30 minutes, any exposed skin could be prone to frostbite. So if you have to be outdoors early this morning -- hopefully, a lot of folks have the weekend off -- you don't have to be.

There are the temperatures over the next few days now.

The difference with this Arctic air mass is that it's not going to be as brutal, right, as the last few -- especially as far as how long it will last. Temperatures will recover a bit, so then, in New York, my goodness, by Tuesday, we'll be back into the upper 30s, so that'll get us back to normal, and where we should be for this time of year. Yes, so that is some good news there.

The problem is, we have another front coming in. So St. Louis, you're going to go from the upper-20s to about 14 degrees, and that cold air making it all the way down to the Southeast. At least, no big snowstorms as I see here right now, so that is something good there, but, my goodness, the cold air. Natalie commutes, you know, from New York to Atlanta hoping that you could peel off some layers


CABRERA: -- unfortunately, not the case, as --

ALLEN: Yes, yes.

CABRERA: -- it is cold all the way down South.

ALLEN: Yes, I'm kind of staying here right now



CABRERA: -- good idea.

ALLEN: All right. Ivan, thank you.

Pope Francis is celebrating the Catholic Church's World Day of Migrants and Refugees. His message to the faithful is aimed at raising awareness of those fleeing war, persecution and natural disasters. All of this comes a day before the pope leaves for a visit to Chile and Peru.

While crowds eagerly anticipate his arrival, controversy looms over the trip.

Our Rafael Romo explains why.


RAFAEL ROMO, CNN WORLDWIDE SENIOR LATIN AMERICAN AFFAIRS EDITOR (voice-over): Homemade firebombs exploded before dawn Friday in the Chilean capital.

Police say no one was hurt and the damage was minor, but the vandals threw pamphlets as they fled. One read, "Pope Francis, the next bomb will be in your robe." The incidents come just days before the pontiff is set to arrive for a week-long trip to Chile and Peru; the violence, a reminder of struggles both countries have faced with the Catholic Church.

JAMIE HUERTA, PAPAL MASS PARTICIPANT (through translator): We have to recognize that the Church in Chile has suffered the shocks of scandals, of cover-ups, and, therefore, we Catholics have pending issues to settle and tackle.

ROMO: In 2015, the pope appointed a bishop accused of protecting an alleged pedophile. While the bishop denied any wrongdoing, demonstrations are planned in Santiago Tuesday.

JOSE ANDRES MUNILLO, PRESIDENT, "FOUNDATIONS FOR TRUST" (through translator): The pope today represents what we thought was an organization that was going to support those of us who accuse a priest of sexual abuse, and yet, they did the exact opposite -- supporting the image of the Church, its reputation, and the aggressors.

ROMO: Another issue -- the rights of indigenous people who have protested what they see as a history of oppression closely tied to the Catholic Church.

AUCAN HUILCAMAN, SPOKESPERSON, "COUNCIL OF ALL LANDS" (through translator): It is not enough for the pope to say, "My peace I give you," because their peace has been dispossession, submission, evangelization.

ROMO: Despite the Church's controversies, Francis is a much-left pope, and the first from Latin America, where many followers eagerly await his arrival Monday.

SISTER BEATRIZ SANDOVAL, SISTER OF THE ORDER OF MARY SCHOENSTATT (through translator): I hope the pope gets here as soon as possible. I wish he were staying much longer.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): We welcome the pope who we are in need of here. People are in really bad shape; there's a lot of robbery, a lot of bad things, so we need


some spirituality.

ROMO: Something the pope says he plans to deliver.

POPE FRANCIS (through translator): Brothers and sisters of Chile and Peru, I greet you with affection. I want to share your joys, sorrows, difficulties and hopes. I want to tell you that you are not alone, and that the pope is with you, that the whole Church embraces you, that the Church sees you.

ROMO: It is a message the inmates of a women's prison in Santiago hope to hear firsthand.


ROMO: Clapping and singing, they rehearse for a live performance in front of Pope Francis during his visit there.

MARGARITA BEMAL, CHOIR PARTICIPANT (through translator): It's a very beautiful and happy occasion because it was done here by the women who are deprived of their freedom. I'm excited to o know that the pope is coming. I feel blessed.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALES (singing): We shall overcome --

ROMO: Rafael Romo, CNN.

(END VIDEOTAPE) ALLEN: Coming up here, as you know, there's chatter Oprah Winfrey could be gearing up for a White House run, and the NBC show "Saturday Night Live" had something to say about that. We'll share, coming up.


[05:53:34] PATRICK SNELL, CNN INTERNATIONAL SPORT ANCHOR: Hi there, I'm Patrick Snell with your "CNN World Sport" headlines.

You know, ahead around the good clash with Villareal on Saturday, Real head couch, Zinedine Zidane, chided the media for always seeing the negative side of things, as he put it.

And, well, they're likely to have had a field day with the result -- Real losing at home, would you believe, to Villarreal, 1-nil, a late strike from Pablo Fornals, Real sitting fourth in the table, and in jeopardy of losing that final Champions League spot surely now, and just one point above their (ph) victors, Villarreal.

While 2016 was a breakout year for tennis star Angelique Kerber, winning two Majors, and earning the world's top ranking, 2017, though, a year to forget -- not winning a single title, the German dropping out of the top 20s.

So bring on 2018, right? The 29-year old getting off the year off to a great start to win the Sydney International -- her first trophy since that U.S. Open crown in 2016, and good timing, too, with the year's first Major, the Aussie Open, starting Monday in Melbourne.

On the start of the Formula 1 seat, well, that may be on a break right now.

The new season's starting two months or so away. The Formula E season is up and running -- in fact, to race his third round in Marrakesh, Morocco, South Bay (ph), Felix Rosenqvist emerging victorious in a Mahindra Racing car. A second straight win for the Swede. It means he leads the driver standings for the first time in his career through three of 14 rounds.

That's a look at your "World Sport" headlines. I'm Patrick Snell.

[05:55:01] ALLEN: Score one -- one, at least, for pay equality in Hollywood, after 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 re-shoots of his latest film eclipsed his co-stars by a whopping 99 percent blew up on social media this week. The two stars are represented by the same talent agency. Wahlberg says he fully supports the fight for fair pay.

After Oprah Winfrey's rousing speech during the Golden Globes last week, some people in the U.S. are seriously entertaining the idea of another celebrity president. But the program "Saturday Night Live" finds that idea to be seriously entertaining.




MCKINNON: -- I can't.

MOFFAT: -- can't.

MCKINNON: The America we loved is over --

MOFFAT: Yes (ph).

MCKINNON: -- and no one is coming to save us, and no one can.

MOFFAT: Well, you know what? Let's go live by satellite to a special guest.


MCKINNON: Oh my God --


MCKINNON: -- it's Oprah. I thought I smelled lavender and money.


MOFFAT: Yes. Oprah, are you running?

JONES: Well, I am a celebrity, so I'm qualified.


JONES: But I'm different from Donald Trump because I'm actually a billionaire. So who knows. I mean, there's only one job in the world more powerful than being president.

MCKINNON: Oh, really, what's that?

JONES: Bein' Oprah!



ALLEN: (LAUGHTER) Thank you for watching CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Natalie Allen. For U.S. viewers, "NEW DAY" is next; for our international viewers, it's "ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT."