Dailies | Earthquake Interrupts KTLA's Live Broadcast: Anchors Dive Under Desk (Video)

This is not a drill – but it is what viral videos are made of

Los Angeles felt a 4.4 magnitude earthquake on Monday morning, and KTLA anchors Megan Henderson and Chris Schauble were caught in the middle of it on live television.

During their unintentionally hilarious reaction (above), the morning news anchors dove under their desk after Schauble's facial expression declared, “Earthquake,” before his mouth did.

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The newscast's Hollywood studio, located on Sunset Blvd., was visibly shaken, so their priceless reaction was completely warranted, and demonstrated proper precautionary procedure for any viewers who did not have the luxury of earthquake safety drills in grade school.

KTLA, apparently, found Schauble's reaction as amusing as us, and even highlighted his “many faces” during the quake.


Meanwhile, the CBS morning news team had a more measured reaction:

  • David Peretiatko

    I was already awake but it woke my wife up and she said she thought she was going to die. I mean it's kind of funny in retrospect but that's the biggest one we've felt in years.

    • Trish Chasity

      Scary indeed. @ least you guys are alright!

  • Jim


  • Ziad Batal

    I think this was a Hollywood Publicity stunt in time for the release of Noah, Oh God…

  • japhygrant

    I guess we should all make fun of this, though if I was in a studio with a grid of giant lights hanging above me, I'd get under the table, too.

  • Michael Difani

    As a third generation inland southern Californian I can hardly wait for the BIG ONE, in which most of the state west of the San Andreas Fault slides into the Pacific. It was predicted by Curt Gentry, who wrote “The Late Great State of California”, 1968. Whoa, he didn't predict the date and the exact time….oh well. Tonight….or 10,000 yrs. from now.

  • SoCalGuy

    These news anchors did exactly the right thing during the quake – especially with a very heavy lighting grid swaying above them. I defy any of you morons who are mocking them to just sit there and watch.