Chris Schauble, KTLA-TV news anchor's reaction to earthquake goes viral

KTLA-TV Channel 5 news anchor Chris Schauble reacts

KTLA-TV Channel 5 news anchor Chris Schauble reacts to an earthquake on-air at 6:25 a.m. on March 17. (Credit: YouTube)

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An earthquake shook more than just buildings in California Monday, startling a TV news anchor who jumped from his chair to duck-and-cover while on the air.

The quake, which measured 4.4 on the Richter scale, hit the Los Angeles area at 6:25 a.m., just as KTLA-TV Channel 5 news anchor Chris Schauble and co-anchor Megan Henderson were about to cut to a commercial break.

Henderson remained calm, but the same can't be said for her partner, whose deer in headlights reaction quickly circulated on the internet.

"Earthquake, we're having an earthquake," Schauble yelled before ducking under the anchor desk.

Nearly 10 seconds later, Schauble popped up from the desk.

"OK, it appears to have stopped," he said while a screen in the background continued to shake.

A YouTube video of the KTLA-TV Channel 5 clip posted shortly after has already been viewed nearly 400,000 times.

"@MeganHenderson played it cool. Not me!" Schauble tweeted from his Twitter account (@ChrisKTLA).

The 4.4 earthquake rolled across the greater Los Angeles area, centering near Westwood, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Although the earthquake wasn't the largest to hit Los Angeles, people felt the shake up to 150 miles away.

Following Schauble's reaction, KTLA interviewed Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Jones said she was proud of the KTLA anchors for going under their desk during the earthquake.

“People who are laughing at them for doing it, you don’t know at the beginning how big an earthquake’s going to be,” she said. “You might feel a little silly doing it for the small ones, but when the big one happens, it means you stay alive after the lights come crashing down.”

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