Tel Aviv, officially Tel Aviv-Yafo (Hebrew: תֵּל־אָבִיב-יָפוֹ, Arabic: تل أبيب), is the second most populous city in Israel, with a population of 404,400 on a land area of 52 km2 (20 sq mi). The city is located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline in central-west Israel. In 2010, it was the largest and most populous city in the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area of 3,325,700 residents, known as Gush Dan. Since 1950, it has been merged with the ancient city of Jaffa.
Early the next morning, terrorists exploded a dirty bomb at Tel Aviv's main bus terminal. Despite the early hour, many people were around when the heavy van sped up to the main entrance. Security guards at the station opened up with automatic fire but it was too late as the driver set off the explosives. The estimated number of dead from the blast was in the low four figures. The potential future deaths from radiation were harder to estimate but fortunately the winds were light so the fallout didn't spread far.
Since Gabriela and Brandon were on the scene, they became the first American news organization to cover the attack getting exclusive coverage. Gabriela Sandoval had just finished breakfast at the bus terminal and was heading back to the hotel when the attack occurred. This enabled her to give an eyewitness account.