SPOKANE, Wash. — The United States is sending 78 search and rescue team members from Los Angeles to help in the race to save lives in Turkey and Syria.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake toppled thousands of buildings in the middle of the night on Sunday, and so far more than 7,700 people have died. 


Vanessa Perez joined the 4 News Now team as a Multimedia Journalist and producer in August 2021. Previously, she worked for an NBC affiliate in Kalispell, Montana where she covered winter storms, education, local government and the pandemic. Vanessa grew up in Chino, California. She earned a degree in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University. She enjoys being out in the community and learning about people’s stories each day. When she’s not working, you can catch her listening to podcasts, cooking, trying new food/coffee spots, and hanging out with her cat, Milo.