Watch KCAL9 Anchors Brace on Air During Friday Earthquake (Video)

“I think we should get under the desk,” Sara Donchey says

Last Updated: July 6, 2019 @ 11:21 AM

KCAL9 anchors Juan Fernandez and Sara Donchey braced on air during their Friday evening newscast, as a powerful 7.1 earthquake shook the Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

“I think we should get under the desk,” Donchey says at one point during the frightening ordeal. And then she does exactly that.

Watch the video above.

Friday night’s quake followed a 6.4 earthquake on July 4. The epicenter for both quakes was Ridgecrest in the Searles Valley, about 150 miles north of Los Angeles.

The July 5 quake was the largest to hit the region in 20 years, and was followed by two 5.5 magnitude aftershocks. More could come, the USGS has warned residents.

In magnitude, Friday night’s quake was significantly larger than the 6.6 Northridge quake in 1994, but it affected a significantly less densely populated area. The extent of the damage appears to be minimal and there are no known fatalities, according to officials in Kern County, where Ridgecrest is located.