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KTLA earthquake: Seismologist praises KTLA anchors' viral earthquake reaction

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A KTLA earthquake response is going viral today, after 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook Southern California this morning, sending KTLA morning news anchors diving for cover under the closest shelter they had available – their desk.

According to The Washington Post today, the video, which has attracted more attention than the actual California quake, shows anchors Chris Schauble and Megan Henderson on KTLA-TV in Hollywood “ducking under their fancy anchor desk when they felt a magnitude 4.4 earthquake at 6:25 a.m.”

“Earthquake,” screamed Schauble. “We’re having an earthquake.”

The shaking, which could be seen in the live feed, was almost over as quickly as it had begun. The anchors then cut to KTLA correspondent Eric Spillman, who also confirmed feeling the rumble a few miles away.

“It was a definite jolt, just one single jolt and I haven't seen the magnitude,” said Eric Spillman. “But it definitely something we could feel here in downtown.”

Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, praised the anchors for showing everyone what the right move was – ducking for cover under a heavy structure.

“I was very proud to see the KTLA anchors going under their desk during the earthquake, that was absolutely the right thing to do,” Jones said.

“People who are laughing at them for doing it, you don’t know at the beginning how big an earthquake’s going to be. You might feel a little silly doing it for the small ones, but when the big one happens, it means you stay alive after the lights come crashing down,” Jones added.

Still, that didn’t stop the good-natured ribbing from erupting on Twitter, even from some celebrities.

LA Earthquake? More like a Shamrock Shake. (Nailed it) – Kevin O’Neill @KevinBuffalo

Over/under on how many new followers @ChrisKTLA will get today? #earthquake – Yoni @yoni_tweets

Portia and I woke up and all of the furniture was in a different place. Then we remembered we moved. #earthquake – Ellen DeGeneres @TheEllenShow

Dozens of lattes spilled as minor earthquake hits LA – Brian Essbe @SortaBad



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