The video is everywhere by now: Morning 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.”
When the two resumed their above-desk positions after the quake petered out, they spoke to the U.S. Geological Survey and interviewed a reporter in the field.
It all looked as if the KTLA folks had practiced for such an eventuality. If so, KTLA News Director Jason Ball wasn’t going there in a brief discussion today with the Erik Wemple Blog. “We just have a great team of professionals who react to what the news of the day is,” said Ball, who notes that there are heavy lights hanging from the ceiling throughout the studio. Though they’re secured with “safety devices,” Ball said he, too, would seek cover in the case of tremors. When asked about the reaction to his anchors’ earthquake reaction, he said, “Yeah, it’s fine.”