On St. Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17, Southern California experienced a 4.4 magnitude earthquake according to the United States Geological Survey. While Twitter and Facebook users were quick to post their reactions and experiences to the earthquake that occurred around 6:25 a.m. PDT, a KTLA 5 television news broadcast was able to capture the earthquake as it was happening.
KTLA 5 anchors Chris Schauble and Megan Henderson were both on camera when the quake started. As Henderson was giving a preview for upcoming stories in the live broadcast, Schauble interrupted his co-anchor:
“Earthquake! We’re having an earthquake,” Schauble yelled before ducking under the news desk along with his co-anchor.
The camera zooms out to show the entire studio shaking along with a traffic camera displayed on a screen shaking behind the desk.
The earthquake itself was relatively small in comparison to more severe earthquakes such as the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake in 1994, which caused severe damage and loss of life throughout Southern California.
Portia and I woke up and all of the furniture was in a different place. Then we remembered we moved. #earthquake
â€” Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 17, 2014
While reactions to the 4.4 magnitude earthquake took the event in stride, most of the attention was turned towards the KTLA broadcast, which viewers immediately started talking about on the web.
Schauble himself reacted fairly well to the aftermath of the broadcast, tweeting and retweeting about the moment caught on camera, which went viral moments after the earthquake.
â€” Chris Schauble (@ChrisKTLA) March 17, 2014
â€” KTLA Entertainment (@ktla_ent_dept) March 17, 2014
The earthquake epicenter was located northwest of Westwood, Calif., between Encino and Bel Air and was felt throughout the Los Angeles area.
Watch the broadcast that captured Schauble’s reaction in the video above.