I live in the Pacific Northwest, where I have very little familiarity with earthquakes. Based on past experience, my main reaction when the ground starts shaking is to become instantly gripped by a full-bodied sort of debilitating terror, so let me be clear: I would never make fun of someone for how they dealt with being on live television when an earthquake struck.
That said ... the video going around of two news anchors reacting to the 4.4 Los Angeles earthquake this morning is pretty great. I have to hand it to the KTLA team, they had some pretty quick reflexes and they absolutely did the right thing when the quake hit -- and now that we know everyone's okay, we can enjoy a little chuckle at their comically startled gopher-hole dives under the news desk.
The quake struck at 6:25 a.m. at a depth of 5.3 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was 6 miles from Beverly Hills, 7 miles from Universal City, and 7 miles from Santa Monica, and it was felt by residents from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach.
It was also clearly felt by KTLA's Chris Schauble, whose perfectly composed, professional news-guy expression was dropped in an O-face nanosecond when the shaking started happening in the studio this morning. Check it out:
Hee. Oh, Mr. Schauble, I'm not laughing at you, I promise. If that were me I wouldn't have even thought of getting under the desk because I'd have been too busy peeing my pants while running in little circles flapping my hands and shrieking, "We're all gonna die! We're all gonna die!" -- but I can't help but enjoy the fact that even experienced L.A. residents don't always react with a bored yawn when the ground starts moving.
The desk-diving video is getting some snickers around the Internet today, but as this LA Times reporter reminds us,
.@USGS's Lucy Jones on KTLA anchors ducking re: quake: "When the Big One happens, it means you stay alive, as the lights come crashing down"— Ron Lin, LA Times (@ronlin) March 17, 2014
Well said. We should all remember the golden rule of "Drop, Cover, and Hold On," however amusing it might appear afterwards.As it turns out, Schauble has a pretty great sense of humor about the whole thing:
What's your 'earthquake face'? Completely freaked out, or cool and collected?
Image via KTLA